Recycled materials list for chicken coop survey

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by redoak, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Wondering where all your salvaged materials for your chicken coops came from. Here's my list:

    1. Picket Fence (2x4s)
    2. Hunting Stand (2x4s)
    3. Porch Railing (2x4s)
    4. Kids playhouse (2x4s, storm window, door)
    5. Leftover materials from house construction (shingles, felt paper, vinyl siding)
    6. Renovated old school (windows)
    7. Old barn (shutters)
    8. Old living room laminate floor (part of nest boxes)
    9. Part of kitchen floor (sheet vinyl)
    10. Side of a truck trailer (foundation)
    11. Breezeway ceiling (coop ceiling)
    12. Old living room synthetic carpet pad (insulation for walls, ceiling)

    Everything was no longer in use except the vinyl from the kitchen floor. Only bought some OSB, 4x6 skids and some drip edge.
  2. RayP

    RayP Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Gainesville Florida
    I used a tree house my kids hardly use for the roof and supports then got the plywood I used from a house that was being torm down, the only thing I paid for was the wire and the faseners.
  3. poppycat

    poppycat Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    We used our kids out grown play structure. We left the frame pretty much intact, we had to buy 5 sheets of plywood and hardware. We were given a window and siding both used, and we found a pile of cedar shingles left by the previous owner of our house. We spent a total of $500 because my DH hired a couple of guys to help him build it. It was well worth it because we had just moved, and the chickens were homeless. They finished it in a day.

    Here's a pic:

  4. We torn down 2 old calf barns. That is where the lumber and tin came from. The wire was chicken wire that was found at an auction...$3.00 for the whole lot (I have more chicken wire than I know what to do with..but I willfind uses for it eventually).
    The nails were found around here when we were cleaning things up.
    That's it. Thats all we used for the coop itself. We took the part of the barn where the poop cleaner came out and built from there on the outside of the barn. The birds come out of the barn where the poop cleaner chain comes out. Inside the barn there was a calf/nursery area. We enclosed that with wire and tin. Even had a gate on it for the door so nothing extra needed there...
    The nest boxes came from an old storage shelf from the shop garage and a doll house from good will..paid $3 or $4 of the doll house.
    The roosts are old ladders that were found here.

    So in total the whole building of our coop cost us....
    $6 or $7...besides time...And that we build in 2 weekends (it started to rain the first weekend.)

    This is the girls nest boxes
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008
  5. youthpastor

    youthpastor In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Vancouver Island, BC
    I got most of my 2x6 from our old sundeck which i tore down in the fall. i salvaged a bunch of wood from a building site near by, I've torn apart some pallets, and I bought some windows, doors, and lumber from our local habitat for humanity recycling store.
    Not quite done yet though.
  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    I have a shed that was already on the property


    Im just getting started converting part of it. I have hardware cloth and assorted boards my mom found under her deck.
    I have boards and a table top from a camper that my son is teareing down for the neighbor and I think for nest boxes I will be using hoppers from an old corn planter my son disassembled for my dad.
  7. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    We went to a local lumber yard and asked for their old and bowed lumber and we got 2 truck loads for $ are some pics




    Use all the resourses that you can find.
  8. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    That's a stellar idea! [​IMG]
  9. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
  10. redneck

    redneck Songster

    May 25, 2007
    I get mine from Sears and a pool and spa dealership. All the riding mowers that Sears gets come in 1x2 reinforced boxes. Hot tubs come in on 8x8 pallets made of 2x4's. I would imagine a person could go to Home Depot or Lowes and get scrap wood.

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