I am busily building a new coop and run out of scrap materials. Instrumental in my plan is the frame of a portable garage (given to me by the neighbor after sun damage ruined the cover and wind bent a few poles) which will be a nice 10x20' run once I chicken wire it. Before I aquired said garage frame, I was seeking ant sort of canopy, garage, or greenhouse frame and had also considered using an old swingset to make an A frame run. All of them would work just fine. This saves lots of money on posts, lots of time squaring, cutting, and measuring, and it is super easy to put together and light enough that 2 of us assembled it easily, despite it having 8 legs. I was also able to put the chicken wire on the roof before adding the legs, which saved me some ladder work. It was much more pleasant than a 2x4 frame. I plan to post pics of the work in progress, as well as a running list of what expenses I had (and how much I estimate I saved by recycling!). I also have a coop that used to be an old tin shed and its attached run was a dog kennel. Both my newer pens have screen door frames with fencing wire as their doors. My greenhouse is also made with the frame of a portable garage and a screen door. And when I was raising chicks in the greenhouse I used my compost bin as the brooder box because the little door at the bottom was perfect for chicks, the height worked well for the heat lamp, and the size was just right for 25 peeps. I cannot recommend freecycle enough. Seriously everyone should freecycle. I got all the chicken wire I could need for free. And the door to my woodshop. And dozens of other things too! It is the best resource I have for saving money on building projects. Anyone else have inventive repurposing ideas to share? I love sharing my ideas to help out people who want to save money. We all know how much a brand new coop can cost... lets try to inspire people!