DIY ideas for the chicken coop
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Since purchasing nine Rhode Island Red chickens and three ducks—one Mallard and two American White Pekins—Autumn Starr from Moulton, Iowa has repurposed materials for a chicken coop, nest boxes and feeder.
"I’ve tried to go about things as resourcefully as possible, using what we have around the home or on the farm,” says Autumn.
Pictured are nests that Autumn’s dad helped her create from five gallon buckets.Date Published: May 7, 2015Date Updated: May 7, 2015
“I started a couple boards on Pinterest to help me generate some ideas,” said Autumn.
For the feeders, she took PVC pipe and made holes for the chickens to feed out of.Date Published: May 7, 2015Date Updated: May 7, 2015
Autumn's husband and father-in-law have been helping construct the coop.
So far, they've used an old walk-in door for the entrance and plan to use scraps of clear tin for the roof. After the coop is complete, they will add a large, fenced-in area around it so the chickens can roam during the day.
Once the fence is established, the five-gallon-bucket nests will be placed outside, and Autumn plans to use old dresser drawers for nest boxes inside the coop.
In the picture, Autumn’s dog, Charlie, is checking out the new structure.Date Published: May 7, 2015Date Updated: May 7, 2015
Autumn has been able to reach out to friends and family in the area for advice on raising the chickens and ducks. In the future she’d like to expand the flock and have enough chicken eggs to sell at a local farmers market and use the duck eggs for cooking.
Her next project may be to assemble a five gallon bucket with nipples for the chickens to drink out of, or use paint tray that’s shallow enough for the chickens and deep enough for the ducks to take a dip.Date Published: May 7, 2015Date Updated: May 7, 2015
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