On a fruitful Saturday about a month ago, I took a trip to the local landfill where I found four discarded chair backs that we upcycled into this adorable bench. I could not have imagined that my 'picker' luck could have gotten any better that day, yet somehow it did.
I was no more than 10 houses away from my own when I spotted this tiny chicken coop on the curb, free for the taking. A conversation with the owner revealed that she had given up on chicken-keeping because she couldn't predator-proof her coops. That was unfortunate but not surpising given the poor quality of the workmanship on this little number. Any raccoon worth his salt could get into it by lifting the egg door, the roof or lifting up the front hook-and-eye latch.
We reinforced the basic structure, including the floor, (which we can now use to make toy airplanes out of, it was that flimsy) added hardware cloth on the window, linoleum flooring and added predator-proof latches. The back side of the coop still needs windows cut out as one window is not sufficient ventilation for any coop, regardless of the size.
The removable, hinged roof was augmented with cedar planks.
The roof peak wasn't sealed in any way, so we added copper flashing to make it waterproof. A little paint and a decorative wood touch to the front and The Mini Coop is ready to serve as a maternity ward. I like that it is portable and can be relocated.
The Mini Coop joins The Little Coop (red) and The Little Deuce Coop (cedar).
Not a bad day's haul from the landfill!
Onto this week's Featured Blogs from
Clever Chicks last week!I spent a good deal of the week reading and thoroughly enjoying all of the blog posts shared at this week's blog hop. I hope you enjoy the following featured posts as much as I did!
Nancy, author of Livin’ in the Green, shows us how to make more lavender plants with just a pocket knife and a rock. So clever!
Selina, author of Creative Juices Decor, demonstrates how she makes these adorable, edible acorns. My daughters would love to find these little treats in their lunchboxes!
And, Melissa author of The Alchemist shares her Breakfast Baked Potato recipe. I'm not sure why baked potatoes never occured to me as breakfast food because they make perfect sense and look absolutely fantastic.
CLEVER CHICKS Blog Hop #3!
Now it's your turn to share what you've blogged about! You’re invited to LINK UP! Do you have a clever blog post that you’d like to share with us this week? We’d love to read it!
Despite the blog hop title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
How to Link-up
DO link your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, stories, Pinterest projects/recipes you’ve tried, Etsy store creation, posts about your chickens, farm animals or other pets, whatever you choose- BE CLEVER! Up to three links per blog.
DO ENTER the direct link to your blog post, NOT to your blog’s home page. We want to be able to find your clever post!
Please note: If you have trouble linking up, the following two tips should help OR, feel free to email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you! Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com
1. Add the link to this Clever Chicks Blog Hop to your blog FIRST, before submitting your link to the hop.
2. If you have already completed #1, it could be a browser issue; changing browsers may fix the problem.
My favorite posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! The featured bloggers are welcome post the “I was Featured on Clever Chicks” button on their blogs!