DIY Thread - Let's see your "Inventions".


8 Years
Jul 22, 2011
I keep Saltwater Reef tanks. I belong to several "Reefer" forums...(Don't Google it. You'll get the wrong idea.)
Each one of those forums has a DIY section, where people can share ideas and plans for things
that they make to help them in the hobby. There are a million ways to do things, everyone has a
different way. Depending on your skill level, someone may have a way of doing something that
fits your skill level.

I don't really know where to put this, but this seemed to be the best place.

Okay, Let's see them.

My daughter just made a feed scoop out of a 1/2 gal milk jug. She said she would post pictures later.


7 Years
Feb 9, 2012

This is our homemade scoop!

This is a little roost I made.

This is a little coop I made for our little chicks.
(The back was not on for the picture)

This will be a mealworm farm.
(Or plain worms, idk yet)

This is a little "Chick's Chick Feeder".

(I'm going to try to sell them.)

(Sorry for bad quality on that last one, our dog needed me, so I took it when I was walking)


11 Years
May 23, 2008
Williamsport In.
I use 2 by 6 boards cut to make a platform to set my gallon waterers on to keep bedding out of tray. As they grow I add another board to make it taller.

And for bantams I use a square gallon plastic ice cream bucket for a nesting box. Cut a curved area out on one side for opening and leave few inches at bottom so eggs and nesting material doesn't fall out. You can snap the lid back on it or leave it off....

For growing chicks that are learning to roost I made them one using 2 by 4 cut into two 12 inch pieces. One for each end base and nailed a tree branch on them. As they grew bigger I turned it over and nailed another 2 by 4 on base to make it taller... Length can vary according to space and number of chicks..


8 Years
Oct 7, 2011
Raymond, New Hampshire
My Coop
My Coop
When I built my coop, I used the space inside the wall for a feeder. It saves space inside the coop. There is a small door on the exterior wall to fill from, and on the inside of the coop, the feed goes down into a tray. The tray can be removed for cleaning, but so far, it has stayed very clean. Water cannot get in since the fill door is under the roof of the run so it stays nice and dry. I'm sure I'm not the first person to do this, but this set up works very well for me.



In the Brooder
7 Years
Feb 5, 2012
Great thread! ok, I have two things to show you. I made my hawk proofing out of cloths line and cable ties. I stained the rope, let it dry, then put it up. I also made the perch you see in the run. It's made out of my son's old crib!!! You sadly can't see the top because I threw a tablecloth over it to give the girls something to get out of the rain. I normally don't have it on there. Old cribs are a dime a doz. My big girls like it, my silkies don't use it of course. Everyone loves to go under it though.

My next project is a lean to, one side for food, the other for dust baths. I'll be making it out of pallets :)

Can't wait to see more on this thread!!!!

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