Homemade V.S. Store Bought

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by Farmer Connie, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    Remember the days before Cell Phone Addiction, credit cards and K Mart was King of retail? Way past that. Before Credit Cards, Strip Malls, Convenience Stores, Bottled water? Wow. The things that made us soft. Spoiled. Relying on Retail Proprietors to make our lives simple?
    Ingenuity is a lost art. Self sub stainability if now replaced by simply driving from our Air Condition Homes in our Air Conditioned Cars to a Air Conditioned Retail Store to purchase products to make life easier.
    OK. Here is the premise of this thread.
    Post any project you created. Doesn't matter if someone else though of it first. As long as you made it from scratch or junk laying around. Bought the many parts but still put it together. Something that got you away from your cell phone, TV, 450 satellite channels.
    Show your pride and inspire others to stop buying China crap designed by Americans but built by cheep labor when we are perfectly capable of making something for ourselves if we are inspired.
    I will post various gadgets and stuff we saved money on by making them ourselves. But it's not just the money, it's Americans still exist in the ambitious creative perspective.
    I look forward to all of the pride of your creative passion.
    Or just watch t.v. and let the world turn without you. Ha ha?
    Farmer Connie is waiting and building..
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I do not watch much TV except for weather updates and occasionally documentaries. I do enjoy PBS programs like Nature and Nova. The rest of my free time I spend with my pets. Work around the home improving/fixing things. I also enjoy re purposing things. I did many things such and here is one notable one.
    Transformed a Lil Tykes playhouse into a coop for my chickens. Plastic lasts a long time and my cost was basically my time only. Materials were leftover scrap type items. The playhouse was also a post played item that was destined for recycling.
    I will post other things as I get the photos. Some things are just improvements to existing things.
    This is something I DO ENJOY

    Does this qualify for this thread?
  3. bishopfarmette

    bishopfarmette Hatching

    May 7, 2017
    Dallas TX
    I love this upcycle. I've been looking for a non-wood coop setup. Because plastic is forever.
  4. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    We built a manual door opener out of an empty spool that came with the hot wire for our swine pins.
    A short piece of rebar for the axle. Installed it into a 2X8 mounted the board to the corner of the hen house. Drilled whole at the end and added a flat washer and a pin to hold the spool crank on. Added a bolt and 2 nuts with a rubber tube wrapping the bolt. The small bolt is the crank handle.
    Had a long run of cord left over from the clothes line wrapped to the crank. Cord goes straight up to a pulley and across the super long stretch to the opposite end of the house where the tiny entrance / exit door is located.
    Another pulley at the other end and shot the cord down to the door. Crank the spool in one direction the door opens.. The other way it closes.
    Added a slide bolt to the front of the crank to lock it open in the mornings and to drop the door at dusk. The birds are free to come and go and we don't have to walk a mile around a 250 fence and open a gate, walk across the run to let them out anymore.

    Total cost was $5 for the pulleys. Everything else was reused instead of spending money that could go for feed and meds. Made in USA!!

    Here it is being used after a spring cleaning and the hens charge in for their feed. They don't like to be locked out but can't clean properly with 40 hens in the way..

    We have a lot more stuff coming to this thread. And looking toward to your posts!
    Thank you for taking the time to review this and good day to you!
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    A cost effective solution to temporary Housing young Chickens in Transition.

    First Photo: Introduced to Outdoors. (From our indoor brooder to our Barn)

    A converted swim pool a neighbor down the road had stacked on their curbside trash cans. Has a tiny hole but for our application so what?
    Saved our overflowing landfill once again.

    Second and Third Photos:
    Wire fence reused from our old garden equipped with homemade feeders and water containers that keep the food and water CLEAN!

    PLUS.. the pride from making something on your own feels great.
    Go USA!
  6. NorthTexasWink

    NorthTexasWink Songster

    Jun 11, 2017
    Arlington, Texas
    I love reusing and repurposing! Great ideas Farmer Connie. I really like how everyone is close to enough everyone else to get to be familiar. Hopefully that makes flock integration easier.

    Homemade stuff can certainly save money!
  7. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    Hi! I'm so glad you made this thread. :D

    I take after my dad and love to build things! I don't spend much time on the TV or computer or phones and what not, I'm mostly outside with my chickens and building stuff, The only problem is i'm not old enough to find many jobs that i would be able to work at and i don't have a good paying job to buy things i would need to build with,
    So i started going through our second "Hay loft" Which holds most of our junk wood. I really wish I took pictures while building my brooding box but i just only have pics of after it was finished. I was so proud when i finished the brooder since this was one of the first things I've made properly by myself, I had one broody hen hatch a clutch of 16 chicks in it already and have another hatching a clutch of eight duck eggs which are currently hatching now! Anyways, enough about that! Here is a pic I took of the build I'll try and get more~

    (Had to put a towl over it so other birds wouldn't mess up the roof)
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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017
  8. Sunny-Side Up

    Sunny-Side Up Turn towards the sun & the shadows fall behind you

    May 1, 2017
    I don't know if paintings count, but doing it yourself is a lot better than buying a picture or copy of a painting at the store!

    The last one is what I'm currently working on - a picture of my chicks!

    ***PLEASE DO NOT copy any of these pictures for any reason
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  9. NorthTexasWink

    NorthTexasWink Songster

    Jun 11, 2017
    Arlington, Texas
    Millers Farm, I wish I have a "love" button to click for you instead of just a "like" button! Egg-cellent job! :bow:love

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