Cielo Building Projects

By cielo · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. cielo
    Some of My Building Projects
    I use many recycled/repurposed materials in my building. I have more time than money to invest. I also like simple design and easily obtained inexpensive items.
    Small Pallet Chicken Tractor
    I like it for several reasons.
    1) It was free! I used free pallets and materials I had already on hand.
    2) It's sturdy. This thing is bomb proof!
    3) It's safe.

    (Mine isn't predator proof as I used chicken wire and staples however it could easily be made so with hardware wire. I plan to make it longer and will predator proof it at that time.)
    4) It was easy to build and very quick.
    5) I like that the slats provide safety, and shade.
    6) I think it looks rustic and cool.
    "Aquello de la gallina y el huevo" is Spanish for "It's a chicken and egg situation". A colloquialism that is equivalent to English's "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
    I like using pallets to build as they are sturdy, free and readily availible. I think of them as big wooden legos!

    Bucket Bird Feeder
    I love these feeders because I think they look better and cost a fraction of the ones you buy already made.
    To make one is simple. You'll need:

    • A plastic 5 gallon bucket
    • A plastic 5 gallon bucket lid
    • A plastic or galvanized 3 gallon/4-5 quart feed/oil pan*
    • 2 washers to fit bolt
    • 1 bolt and nut
    • A drill and 1"-1.5" bit
    • Wrench to tighten bolt

    I paid around $6 for the pan, $6 for bucket+lid & hardware $1.50. So for about $15 I you can have a durable attractive feeder.
    The oil/feed pan can be found at hardware, automotive part & feed stores. Call around to get a good price. One place I checked wanted to charge $12! Be careful of pans at feed stores as sometimes they can be deep but not wide enough. I like the pans I found that angle out so the top is a little wider than the bottom. You want to have >1" of pan surrounding the bucket.*
    Optional, purchase a large plastic funnel and attach inside to channel feed towards holes.

    To Make:
    1. Drill 4-8 holes around bottom of bucket as low as possible. Use larger bit for feeding pellets.
    2. Drill hole in center of pan & center bottom of bucket.
    3. Put a washer on the bolt & insert through bottom of pan into hole in bucket.
    4. Put washer on bolt end inside bucket & tighten nut.
    5. You are done, I told you it was easy.

    I will continue adding projects so keep checking back.
    Coming soon! The Incredible 100 lb. Poultry Feeder, Bucket Bird Waterer, Heated Bucket Bird Waterer & The Apple Crate Coop
    Thanks for Visiting!

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  1. kfoster363
    Can you post more pictures of the tractor?

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