Imaginations Needed!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jencleg, May 27, 2011.

  1. Jencleg

    Jencleg Songster

    May 5, 2011
    My grandmother's home is being torn down soon, so I am going to go and see what all I can get to use for when we can build a bigger coop for our chickens...what all should I grab? Windows? Shutters? Doors? Cabinets or counters? anything I would not think about but kick myself for later for not grabbing?? It is just an old 1940's sytle house......

  2. C&Rman

    C&Rman Songster

    Feb 26, 2011
    Well if you think that you will kick yourself for not getting it. Get everything that is reuse able. That way you will have plenty of extra materials. When we redid a room in our house I was so mad because I didn't keep the insulation, try getting insulation if you live somewhere where it gets cold.
  3. kichohana

    kichohana Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Johnston County, NC
    Quote:GRAB AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
  4. FiveHens

    FiveHens Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Oooh! [​IMG] Get lots of windows, especially small cute ones that open, get tile flooring in big pieces if there is any... Countertops if no tile flooring...get nice big pieces of wood, like from the sides of cabinets...Shutters, YES, if they fit the windows, that's really cute. And if they don't, you can use them as vents.
    I say windows are the biggee. [​IMG] Have fun!
  5. Jencleg

    Jencleg Songster

    May 5, 2011
    Quote:I am just in love with the idea of using parts of my Grandpa's house to build a chicken coop...When I was a kid, the only chicken he had was a dominicker that was our best friend...Me & him LOVED that rooster! I just dont want to waste the chance to bring a part of him with me [​IMG]
  6. chicken995

    chicken995 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    Take the whole house. The possibilities are endless. I turned two old giant drawers and selves from a cabinet above those drawers from a house built in 1905 and turned them into a brooder.
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I say "whatever's easiest to REMOVE" -- some things, like windows, can be a lot more trouble than other things, like doors (not the doorframes just the doors taken off hinges)

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    Everything you can get your hands on. If you can't use it in the coop you may need it for some other project down the road.
  9. motoclown

    motoclown Songster

    May 27, 2010
    New Castle, PA
    Solid wood doors are great for everything.
    Windows if you can.
    Is there a cast iron tub, if so, get it.
    Fireplace? Firebricks?
    Giant stone foundation?
    Endless Imagination here, GET HELP*(or maybe I need help) friends, trucks, bobcat.

    Oh and don't forget the plants, bulbs, bushes, berries.......
    Bring a shovel and some buckets.
  10. cuntryuppiechick

    cuntryuppiechick Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    For a 1940s house metal kitchen cabinets were the rage. They are hard to find and people usually think they are junk. I am looking for Youngstown upper cabinets and the unusual pieces like the lazy Susan. That's not exactly for your chickens but if you found some you could craigslist them and spend the money on your chicks! At $30 a piece or more for typical used condition you could clean house pretty quick. If you think there might be some good antique fixtures is a good resource for information so you can figure out how much to sell for.

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