I was reading the Post: Our Version of the "Hoop House" where Rafter 7 Paint Horses wrote about using recyclables. I thought we might want to share the ways that we build/equip materials for our coops and chicken supplies by using RECYCLED materials, instead of buying everything new. I LOVE recycling old materials. 1) Us Horse-People are Constantly fixing things with baling twine/wire. 2) Made "greenhouses" this Spring out of leftover bags from Pine shavings. GOOD way to start greens for the birds, too. 3) Hang bridles/other stuff from really old bent bits nailed to the wall. 4) Support 1 x 2's with 5 in. leftover 2 x 4 cuts (also glue them) 5) Make a 2nd closure for the chicken run with leftover broken piece of dog chain attached with a spring snap http://www.smbmfg.com/usrimage/cat821.gif Add your OWN suggestions for using "leftovers" I think this will help a lot of us to "think green" and save some money THX BYCers!!! I'll be waiting to read them.