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Topic: Car/lots of other side of the road junk+chickens=chicken coop  (Read 10748 times)
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« on: November 22, 2005 01:57:11 PM »

So.  I decided, for a number of reasons, that store bought eggs and chicken were not the best idea.  The solution was to do it myself!  Self reliance and all of that.  I live in Canada, and my city lets you keep agricultural animals in town for personal use.

I've since done this type of project with chickens in Australia and pheasants (in canada again).

First - we got chickens and ducks.  Had to keep the chicks/ducklings inside under heating lamp until they got big enough.  To keep from drowning, had a saucer with marbles in the water.

Then, we gutted an old car of the entire floor and seats, and replaced it with plywood (found on side of the road).  The passenger seat turned into nestboxes, also made out of found wood.  We installed a heat lamp via extension cord onto the roof of the car, and covered the floor in shavings.  We found chicken wire for a fence, an old kiddie pool for the ducks, and camo net for the top of the car.

Resulting in 3 dozen eggs a week from 6 chickens, plus 4 ducks (which we slaughtered last week)

« Last Edit: November 22, 2005 02:01:23 PM by rejectedblueziti » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2005 02:02:31 PM »

Also, my favorite chicken: princess.  She won first prize at the fair.
(Sorry if these pictures are huge.  This is my first go posting here)

« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2005 03:33:28 PM »

I love the car as a chicken coop!  This is a great idea that I've often pondered upon, but living in a small apartment makes it unfeasible.  Keep those tips coming though, as I may move back to the Midwest one day and start a coop of my own.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2005 03:40:55 PM »

Wow, what an ingenious way to re-use!

They all look warm and cozy and princess is gorgeous (not to mention well camouflaged).  Smiley

« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2005 09:55:49 PM »

That is the best chicken coop ive seen yet!
What a great idea.
Also,I love your 'Princess'
I use to have chickens and the fuzzy white ones were my favorites.

« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2005 01:41:39 AM »

hahaha!! Grin
this is the ultimate in reuse, reduce, recycle.. kudos to you!!! i grew up with chickens.. so i know exactly what you mean.. the fuzzy white ones we got one year as a cmas present from friends.. we used to wash & blow dry them.. unfortunately, all of our chickens became pets which got my dad a little frazzled.. so much for his plan for a farm Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2005 01:02:31 PM »

I'm so happy you other chicken people enjoy it!

« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2005 01:12:13 PM »

I love it! Also, Princess is the CUTEST!

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2005 09:18:45 PM »

hurrah for non-store bought eggs!.
my grandma gives me mine. but they are so delicious! and happy and wonderful!
and people always ask my why my eggs are so orange. and i always laugh and say it is because the chickens are healthy!.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2005 10:04:16 PM »

hurrah for non-store bought eggs!.

i second that notion!  i too have chickens!  and i love them to death!  the eggs are sooooo much better.  i saw a horrible video a while back that made me decide that i wanted eggs from happy chickens!  so, now i have three happy chickens laying me the best eggs ever!  princess is an awesome chicken!  and your coop idea is the best!

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« Last Edit: June 29, 2010 12:09:55 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed picture(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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