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Chick Pen

I get baby chicks in May every year. I keep them in a baby playpen until they are large enough to go in and out of the henhouse. I hose the playpen out to clean it. You can find the playpens at yard sales for $10.

– Kathy Young, Buckhannon, WV

Homemade Meat Smoker

Stack two 55-gallon barrels on top of each other. Use a reciprocating saw (not a torch) to cut a door in both. Cut a hole in between. Weld two grill racks in the top barrel and attach a thermometer as shown.

– Michael Schmidt, Maysville, KY


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