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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Scrap Wood Chicken Mansion and Roost

We used our scrap lumber from tearing down our humongous balcony, leftover siding and metal roofing from the shed we tore down, a window and screen off of the window guy's truck from a house he'd replaced windows from, plus some new lumber to build a Chicken Mansion. If we ever get rid of the chickens; it's big enough for storage. The vents were made of PVC pipe covered with more of the extra screen from window guy. We still have to insulate the interior walls but that will have to happen later.

But the best thing about it is the automatic chicken door. It's set on a timer to let the chickens out in the morning and to put them in at night. Came in real handy while we were gone for the weekend a few weeks past, no one had to come let the chickens in or out and the best thing is I don't have to remember to do it!

But the really fun scrap project was the gigantic roost made from scrap lumber and tree limbs from off the property. We could roost peacocks or even emus in there I think. ;P Obviously, you could easily size this down for a normal sized chicken coop and normal sized birds.


KC said...

Thats Neat. I wish I had thought of this when i had chickens....How do you get the door to open and close?

Melissa Jagears said...

Tell you tomorrow! ;)

whiskerchase said...

I want to know about the door too! Great coop.

Myrnie said...

I love this! There was a NYT article recently about how chickens could never be cost-effective, because the coop costs $300-$1,000!

Melissa Jagears said...

The automatic door and the new lumber and all the chicken paraphernalia wasn't as cheap as I would have liked, so it might not be cost effective for awhile, but I love having chickens for bug control. And they are fun bug control, they are like a pet, having personalities and following you around.

How many people have paid $1000 for a lap dog (my friend sells these) which does nothing for them but be companions? Plus on going vet bills and food? These animals eat your bugs, lay you eggs and provide you meat if you are willing to butcher them. If you let them free range, they even find their own food. And they are low maintenance. So, yeah, the coop might take awhile to be paid for, but at least these guys work at paying for themselves rather than a "true" pet. I like pets that work to earn their keep.

Anonymous said...

Now that's really cool! Wish we had one of those when it was pouring rain and we had to get out and let the chickens out. Or when it was freezing cold! lol

hope you shared this neat pics with the folks at simplelivingindy!