Alternative materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Gville_Wellies, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Gville_Wellies

    Gville_Wellies Out Of The Brooder

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  2. VI KING RANCH

    VI KING RANCH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a oil drum coop...will post pics within next couple days [​IMG]
     
  3. Gville_Wellies

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    Sounds cool, I'll look forward to the pics:)
     
  4. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    We use pallets and misc scrap wood picked up from a fence company, an envelope company and a pallet making company. All free. The pallets are measured and then a layout evolves. We use a sawsall, lots of screws and a skillsaw.

    I'm always scouting on trashdays for goodies. Picked up a 2 x 3 door complete with hinges and slide bolt--not sure how to use it yet. [​IMG]
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I think your average garbage can is too small to make a decent coop, especially standing upright, like in those plans. I'd build a coop out of pallets, an old shed or an old play house before I'd use a garbage can.

    I've also seen A-frames made out of old swing sets. My favorite was the trampoline frame that had an over-turned satellite dish on top, for the roof. My new favorites are the coops made out of old travel trailers, cars and buses. [​IMG]

    I used an old dog house I had at one point, for a few extra chickens. My dog kennels have been used for a layer flock and as a pen to grow meat chickens. I've got 100' of panels and half a dozen gates that I bought at a good price from a guy that was getting rid of them. I've used them for dogs, puppies, cats, rabbits and chickens.
     
  6. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not saying it couldn't work - but the article doesn't show pictures, and I'd be hesitant about anything being too secure when the parts list includes chicken wire and duct tape. [​IMG]

    I'm all for recycling/reusing materials. Maybe I could do this with an old barrel I have, since it never made it to rain barrel stage. I'd like to see some pictures.
     
  7. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think this one's pretty neat! Probably something someone could easily make at home on the cheap without spending the $$$ on this one.
     
  9. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Ia that for them to sleep in...? [​IMG] Something would get them very easy.

    Happy-Hens
     

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