Rube Goldberg+Recycling=Our Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tarragon, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. tarragon

    tarragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought I would share pictures of our finished coop. Hubby took apart the kids old tree fort, used the swing set for the structure, and this is what we ended up with.

    [​IMG] The beginnings of the structure.

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    [​IMG] All the lumber came from the tree fort. We purchased a piece of plywood for the roof of the sleeping area and some shingles. When we got to needing wire, we were going to try to go inexpensive, then a coworker mentioned she was selling her property and had "some fencing" we could come and take. It was all hardware cloth. Free. Enough for the whole structure. Yippee!

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    [​IMG] The "lower floor" cubby on the right is for the feeder, cubby on the left is the lounge. Above is the pop door, before the ramp is put in, for the sleeping quarters.

    [​IMG] Nice window. Given to us for free.

    [​IMG] The bedroom, nice roost that they don't use yet.



    All together we bought the plywood roof, shingles, and hinges. I love recycling!
     
  2. animalpro24

    animalpro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooh I like it a lot. Hahaha. Great job on recycling.
     
  3. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nice!!! I was going to do that, it was my first idea, but I got veto'd. I still think it would have been cool. I like how you worked it [​IMG]
     
  4. tarragon

    tarragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I was pretty impressed with my hubby's creativity. And really impressed with the cost! [​IMG]
     
  5. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice! I wouldn't call that a Rube Goldberg job at all. [​IMG] I'd love to have something that big.
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice> Probably what you should of got the kids to start with just kidding. Very creative on your part.
     
  7. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great job! Your clever hubby is an inspiration to Rube Goldbergs everywhere. [​IMG]

    You might tell him there's a lucrative hobby in his future if he enjoys the creative process with what materials he might find on your local CL or Freecycle. Each coop could be unique and very "sellable" in your community.
     
  8. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is beautiful!
     
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    What a fabulous conversion! and what luck with getting all that hardware cloth for free.
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Had to take a 2nd look at the guy in the picture. Thought it was Pauly from Home Makeover. Was thinking, "that is sooooo unfair" lol

    Great coop!
     

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