Chicken Gadgets/Things I saw and thought I could use for the chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pullet Pimp, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Every now and again I find something in a catalog or on the web that is supposed to be used for something else, but my first thought is how I could use that for the chickens or the coop.

    I thought I would start this thread for everyone to post such findings to share with everyone else. Make up your own mind if it is junk or a nice find, but this would be a good place to put them out there. *BYC does not endorse the products posted.[​IMG]

    I'll start off with a couple things I found recently.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    good idea!!.[​IMG]...i hope people post on will be very helpful to others...thanks, Wendy
  3. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    Ooohh, I like the dog house. I'm getting ready to build a night time shelter for my 2 ducks and that would be perfect... plus probably a lot cheaper than I can build one for.

    Thanks for starting this thread... looking forward to seeing more ideas.
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I'm going to use my husband's dog box as a play area for my new chicks to go outside in when they hatch...he just doesn't know it yet. [​IMG]
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    DBF's innovation for our coop was to mount the feeder and waterer on heavy duty cupboard rails so that we can access them easily without crawling under the coop:
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I am thinking that this would be a perfect brooder area if turned mat side down and a great playpen for young ones with the mat side up...


    Playpen Mat

    I will get one of these set-ups for my next would work for ducks, bunnies, guinea pigs, chicks and so forth.

    I also want a bunny food holder to hang on the run fencing to hold their free choice oyster shell.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  7. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:I got a regular baby's playpen at a yard sale this last spring - have yet to use it, but it was only 4 bucks, so I figured the price was right. Last time I brooded chicks in the house it was a mess - cardboard doesn't hold up well to messy water tipping chicks.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I noticed that the weekly sale flyer for a hardware chain (Home Hardware, for any Canadians reading this) listed a thermostatic controller unit meant for plugging into a vent booster fan for the further reaches of your house a/c and heating system. It was $35 (probably cheaper in the states) and claims you can set the on/off temperatures, which you can't do with a regular cheap thermocube.

    Might be useful for those who really really feel they have to run a lamp (for warmth) over the roost in the winter... could set it to turn on at 25 F or whatever (probably... I have not actually fondled the item in person so do not know exactly what range of temps it can be set for).

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2008
  9. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have a 'boot tray' (a plastic tray with about 1" edges") that I am going to place under my water and feeders as catch. I think a cargo mat would also work but they could be expensive. A small hard pool (sold at hardware stores for fish), that I am going to use for the dust bath..
  10. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Brilliant! I wonder if I can retrofit my coop....


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