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Tips On How To Build Your Own Chicken Coop From Upcycled Materials

Isn't it always the case, that when we try to start something, we always tend to think first of all the reasons why we shouldn't do it? It doesn't matter what it is - a business, an exercise program, a chicken coop - we'll always find an excuse as to why it's better to not do it at all than to start and see what happens.

And in hard economic times, the most common excuse that we usually have is that it will cost money. Not even a lot of money, just money. For chicken owners, this means putting aside that chicken coop expansion indefinitely or for those thinking to start raising chickens to be deterred because of the costs.

But, what if it's possible to build your own chicken coop by spending next to absolutely nothing? Using upcycled materials instead of buying brand new ones is a great way to build your own chicken coop without breaking the bank.

What are upcycled materials?

To properly explain upcycled materials, it's best to explain it in the context of recycling. In recycling, you break down the materials to create something else. In upcycling, you retain the same material to create something else, more often, to something of greater value. For example, if you take your old shirt, rip it to strips, and turn it into a fashionable scarf, that's upcyling.
In terms of building your own chicken coop, upcycling can mean taking the slide from an old playhouse and turning it into a ramp for your chicken coop.

Where can I get materials to upcycle?

In your own home. A quick look around your basement or your attic can bring you almost half of what you need to build your own chicken coop. For starter ideas you can (1) use cardboard boxes can be used as insulation for your coop. So can old bedding, bed covers, and curtains, (2) scraps of plywood can be used to plug in holes in the structure later on in the construction. This way you don't have to buy a whole one just for touch-ups, and (3) old lamps can be turned into the coop's lighting.

Dumpster Diving. Just think of it as being back in college and having no furniture for your apartment. Only this time, think in terms of where you can use it in your coop. An old door can be the walls of your coop, while an old drawer can turn into nest boxes.

Local recycling centers. You can buy materials you can upcycle to build your own chicken coop on the cheap here. What's good in going to recycling centers is at least you have a variety of choice when it comes to materials.

Online. There are postings of people selling their old fences, even barn doors online. What's good about searching online is you can check with a lot of sellers in a short amount of time. Just shoot them an email and work out a deal.

I have my upcycled materials. What now?

First, if you have a lot of materials made of wood, check for termites and other creepy crawlers. Make sure that it's treated first before you start to build your own chicken coop. same with things made from metal, make sure it's rust-free.

Second, is to make sure that you have use for everything that you have. It's no good to get things from the recycling center only to end up in your basement unused.

Lastly, there's no harm in buying new materials too. For example, new hinges, nails, screws, etc., can help to strengthen your chicken coop. So don't scrimp too much. Remember that in this coop is what your precious chickens will call home.

Get more chicken coop ideas.

Learn more about how to make your own chicken coop and get easy-to-follow construction instructions at Best Chicken Coop Guide.
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