What began as a swing set for my daughters 2nd birthday
this picture is NOT from the beginning



17 years later has become home to 8 baby Brahmas
.She said that if I took her swingset I had to buy her a pool - that's it covered with the blue tarp ....it's the only flat spot left



WE STARTED DEMO EARLY MAY 2011​




What once was kids play

Is being dismantled



to create something new.


We started with a Free Shipping Crate from Craigslist
gotta love CL!!

a few modifications

Good ole boy know how
Uprights & framing

Modified crate - 28 sq ft - this should be big enough for 8 chickens lounging

Or my husband just built his own doghouse-should the need arise :)

SO FAR THE ONLY PURCHASE HAS BEEN SOME TREATED 2 X 4'S - MAYBE 10
ALL THE OTHER WOOD HAS COME FROM THE FREE CRATE & THE SWING SET
TIN ROOFING CAME FROM AN OLD BARN DEMO


THE GREEN SHINGLES ARE
1916 ROOFING SHINGLES
FREE FROM CRAIGSLIST!!!!!!!
THEY GIVE IT THAT OLD WEATHERED LOOK!





Habitat ReStore has good stuff too - vents & hinges $3.00 - & we didn't use it all!

Our old screen door was put to use - reduce - reuse - recycle
A few more 2 x 4's & old swing set wood to frame the run
And some mis-tinted paint from Lowes
The Chicken Wire was the most expesive part - but we still have enough to build several chicken tractors - $72
I moved out the old burn pile & moved in some plants


Added 8 - 3 week old brahma chicks on June 3, 2011
They really like their new digs!!!! I had to teach them to go up & down the ramp & put them to bed at night but eventually they got it figured out!




Found more roofing behind out shop so the entire run is now covered.
Moved the potted plants so I can see the chickens from my office.