That’s right, I have started to raise a few backyard chickens for laying eggs only. I really love fresh eggs and the idea of controlling what chemicals, or antibiotics, or Lord knows what else that my chickens eat. I am really interested in the “fertilizer” for my composting too. The extra added bonus is that the chickens eat weeds and bugs and I’ve got plenty.
I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now. We live in the county, and after talking to a neighbor about her chickens, I’ve been researching everything I can find about raising them. All of this started last fall, and here it is spring I also love recycling and am an avid curb shopper. I’ll just put that out there right now. I do curb shop and frequently, and am shameless about it. During the mulling things over stage I happened on a curb pile that had an old wooden playhouse. Perfect roof and 1 complete side AND it was the side with the little wooden shutters and a little door cutout. How perfect was that for the start of a coop? Of course it was a sign (with my family, everything starts with a “sign”) that raising chickens was meant to be, why else would someone throw out a perfectly good roof and 1 wall? That’s when things started moving a little faster. I say a “little” faster because when you curb shop, it takes a while to find all the things you need, and you end up taking all kinds of junk from the curb because you aren’t sure if you may need it down the line. I think you can imagine where this is all going. I do tend to look like a hoarder, at least from my carport I do. Here is a pictorial to bring us more up to date.
The entire coop, sans chicken wire, cost me about $6.00 for a couple of hinges. One whole side wall opens outwards for easy cleaning. Oh and I found a couple of thrown out cabinets. Not big kitchen cabinets, but smaller and there was just this one piece with two doors that are maybe 2- 1/2′ W x 15″ H. Perfect for nesting boxes, you’ll see. The mister had to attach that off the back. We actually found an old piano hinge on something on the curb (these sell for about $20 bucks at the hardware store) and removed it. We used it on the nesting box lid that opens from the top of the nesting boxes for removing eggs from outside the coop. The front cabinet doors will be used for easier cleaning from the outside.
I will post more pictures later, and introduce you to all my “girls”. I hope everyone is happy in whatever they choose to do in their personal time. I just happen to like making my own stuff, but you may be happy reading old comic books. I wish for all people to have some escape and happiness while doing it. It is therapy for the soul.