Hi, all. I'm Diane Kistner, and I'm FINALLY getting my first chickens after longing for them for three years. My friends Jamie and Earl have already received their second-year batch, to which they let me add five chicks. They will brood them for me for a while, at least until they can tell which are which. So I've been frantically trying to get ready for them. I started out planning this wonderful big fenced area, but then my farmer-neighbor said the owls had gotten all his chickens, so I'm scrambling to come up with a night-time penned area. That's working out, but I'm having to come up with the waterer/feeder free because I've been forced to overspend. My immediate question: Is there a place on this board dedicated to tricks and techniques for using recyclables that would be a more appropriate place for me to ask the following question? If so, please direct me and I'll ask this there. But if not, here's my immediate question: I have six heavy-duty 5-gallon HPE2 buckets I got on freecycle that once contained "Non Hygroscopic Soda Lime USP-NF" used for carbon dioxide sequestration in medical settings. I've rinsed them out as well as I possibly can (a little of the sediment remains, though) and was thinking of maybe filling them with a weak bleach solution or something and letting them sit for a while to leach out whatever might be in the granules that remain. (I suspect the "NF" means "Non Food" but I don't know.) Somebody keeps cleaning out the usual sources of food-grade buckets, and in desperation I'm wondering if I can use these buckets for chickens. I'm planning to do the nesting boxes with 5-gallon buckets but would also like to make my feeder and water out of them (as in the FAQ). Other than my concerns about suitability, these buckets are gorgeous. The lids have a spigot that recesses into the lid, which would work great for the waterer; I'd cut off the lids for the nesting boxes. I'm ANXIOUS about my chickens! Please let me know what you think. Could I use these buckets?