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What is the most creative recycled item you used in building your coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kieyamama, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Kieyamama

    Kieyamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are so many people that don't have a lot of money to build their coops and a lot of people who choose to use recycled materials. I thought it might be fun to create a list of our most "resourceful" recycled items that we used to build our coops.

    I'll go first! [​IMG]

    I realized that the grates off the bottom of an old screen door would make a terrific predator proof window!
     
  2. MistyValley

    MistyValley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hubby worked at the local VA Hospital in the early 80s they replaced the old wooden single pain windows and he took some of them and has stored them for all these years we used two of them in our coop and are making cold frames with some of the others.
     
  3. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    We used pallets to make a fence to keep the chickens in our yard.
     
  4. gardenergirl

    gardenergirl Out Of The Brooder

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    We used a shipping crate from a piece of fragile scientific equipment. Very sturdy.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Kieyamama

    Kieyamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fragile scientific equipment? That's so very mysterious of you!
     
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    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

  7. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Used trashed left over Hurricane fence, that Hurricane Ike trashed all over town, we picked it up from peoples yards, and also we picked up the pieces of tin, thats how our roof is made of...

    [​IMG]

    used home entertainment shelves for nest areas, turned side ways for cubby holes....
     
  8. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Milk jugs for feeders...? [​IMG]
    Our pigeon loft is made almost entirely out of FREE insulated, refrigeration pannels [​IMG] Makes it so much easier to clean with that baked on slick surface, and keeps the temps inside from jumping all over the place.
     
  9. wyo-helpmeet

    wyo-helpmeet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coop itself is made from ripped apart pallets. The nest boxes are made from an old kitchen cabinet & for the feeder, I drilled 2" holes near the bottom of a tidy cat bucket, and sat that inside of a litter pan that I bought new & had used as a seedling tray.
     
  10. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    We use pallets for our coop. If it ever stops raining, I'll go take some pics!
     

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