Oct 8, 2012

Upcycled Chicken Coop & Clever Chicks Blog Hop #3

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!  
 The Chicken Chick

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.

 
Featured Blogs
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!
CleverChicksFeatured


82 comments :

  1. Hi Kathy: Thank you so much for hosting the party tonight. I really enjoyed hearing about your adventures "picking"--what a cute coop and chair-back bench! Take care, and have a wonderful new week.

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  2. Hi, Kathy, thanks for the hop. I read the one about the mule. Too funny! Sometimes I get caught up in the seriousness of blogging and doing tutorials. It was nice just to laugh about some mules - oh, and a horse.

    I love what you got on the side of the road. Totally cool! I love picking up stuff from the side of the road. In fact, people who ride with me like my Mom or my daughter, have a fit if they see a pile of stuff because they know I'm going to want to take a look and see what's in it. Take care, Linda

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting!
    Have a WONDERFUL week :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  4. Thank you so much for featuring my Breakfast Baked Potatoes! Today I've linked up my Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble.

    I hope you have a great week!

    Thanks again!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

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  5. Thank you for hosting!
    Janie c

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  6. Wow, wish we had tips like you get to go to. Great chicken coops, brilliant.

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  7. The coop looks amazing! That sure was a lucky find.

    Dee

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  8. Thanks for the invite Kathy!

    Join me and find out why CHEESESLAVE hosted one of my favorite treats.

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  9. I love you new curb side find. How adorable and you are so lucky to have been the one to snatch it up.

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  10. What a cute little coop! Thanks for hosting again!

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  11. What a lucky day!!! The bench is totally creative ... Happy Monday..xo HHL

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  12. Love what you did with your awesome find! I'm getting more inspired to "spruce up" our chicken coop and run. It really is quite plain! But I'm pondering another addition to the the run in the spring. Poor husband! LOL

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  13. Thanks for hosting! Today I've linked up a recipe for yummy and healthy homemade fruit snacks.

    http://thankyourbody.com/homemade-healthy-fruit-snacks/

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  14. I am toooooo jealous...you know how I want a chicken coop..now that I've seen your photo I want one the more.

    Love what you did with the little portable one.red if perfect!!

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  15. Wow, great job on the mini coop! So great that it's a portable maternity ward. Looks so cute decorated with the mums and pumpkin.

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  16. love what you did with the coop find! Gave me lots of thought before I start building my "maternity ward/nursery" for next spring!

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  17. Love seeing the projects and recipes! I'm always in awe of people who can see "junk" and make it into something special again. I lost out on the creative gene! LOL!

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  18. I love the idea of a breakfast potato. You're right, why hasn't that idea come up before?? There are hash browns for breakfast, why not a baked potato? And I'm jealous of your neighborhood if you're finding fully constructed chicken coops on the side of the road!!

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  19. I Love the new little coop. I have been wanting to take some pallets apart and make some small rustic looking coops to separate my breeds. Besides my current flock of chickens and Guineas, I just set 25 eggs and hopefully my 25 or so new chicks will be shipped tomorrow. Fun, fun, fun!

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    1. I am currently building a coop from disassembled pallets. My husband welded a special tool together for the break downs.Our floor is about finished, so I am excited!!

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  20. Love the idea of a breakfast potato! I makes so much sense! And I'm quite jealous of your neighborhood; it must be wonderful to find fully constructed chicken coops on the side of the road (despite the practical upgrades it needed)!

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  22. Love what you did with the coop - very nice result!

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  23. i find it amazing that people can just throw away such great things as a little coop, if i found that i would find a way to get it home even if i had to drag it :)
    then i would need more chickens....uh oh...there is that chicken math again

    elisembaslow@hotmail.com

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  24. I would love to find a "free" coop for newbys that come in and are not ready to mingle yet. Just love how its looks now that its all red and cute!!!

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  25. I've been thinking of making something just like this maybe just a little bigger. I need something to get the broodies out of general population. Thanks so much, I saved pic to show hubby. :)
    parks90@comcast.net
    Caprese Parks

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  26. I've been thinking of making something just like this maybe just a little bigger. I need something to get the broodies out of general population. Thanks so much, I saved pic to show hubby. :)
    Caprese Parks
    parks90@comcast.net

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  27. Kathy, LOVE your blog and the HOP! Great job on the little coop you found! What a great find and just in time for the little biddies! My daughter and I enjoyed watching them hatch! Thanks for highlighting the breakfast baked potato - I HAD to pin it! I am sure my hubby will love them. One of those ideas - so simple but never think of yourself. what a great giveaway. "Mealworm Frenzy" is an understatement for my hen Zeebra. I will have to try to get a vid of her and those treats - she gets possessed when she sees me holding that red bag!

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    1. Congratulations Danielle, you have won the Happy Hen Treats Prize Package giveaway!
      Please email me with your shipping address and we'll get the goodies right out to you!
      Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  28. Your coops are adorable! Great score on the new coop!

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  29. In the continued addiction to chickens, I now would love to find a little coop like you did. I am hoping to add some Silkies to my flock and that coop would be a great size.
    Thanks for sharing great info as always!

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  30. Nice job on the little red coop. It has given me some ideas for a little hiding spot for our Cochin twins, who are constantly on the run from two of our Red Star hens and our Polish rooster.

    Thanks again,
    Robert
    rpenland18@gmail.com

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  31. What a fantastic find! You literally turned trash onto treasure.

    Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  32. What an adorable little coop! Sweet score! Thanks for inviting me to your clever hop :)

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  33. I love the bench made from the Duncan Pfeife chairs! Gave me a great idea, can I steal? also, please enter me in the contest for the Happy Hen treats! :-) Thanks!

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  34. Thank you for the feature!! You're blog is so cute. I wish my husband would let me get some chickens and ducks....oh well.

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  35. We are currently in the process of empying our shed and moving it to the other side of the yard to become our coop .... Hoping to hae it done by winter .. but with CT chilly temps I am not to sure about that!! I love looking at all you picture for ideas for the inside of the coop!

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  36. You are so lucky that you can take stuff from your dump. I have seen a few things that I would have liked to take home from our local dump but we are not allowed.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Nancy's site. I now know what to do with my wild lavender plants!!

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  37. I love how that chicken coop turned out! It is adorable!

    Thanks for hosting.

    ~MJ @ A Happy Song

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  38. I absolutely love your maternity coop! I'm jealous

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  39. I love your chicken coop find. It is fantastic!

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  40. Martha Waugh10/8/12, 11:09 PM

    I love the little acorns. I'm going to have to make some for the thanksgiving table. Nice little surprise of edible treats.

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  41. You must have the happiest and safest chickens! What a cool coop! Thanks for inviting me back and for hosting. Have a great week!

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  42. Great ideas you have for chickens

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  43. You give great ideas for chickens !

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  44. We have bantam cochins that would love your coops! Wish we could find something that awesome on the side of the road! The edible acorns are on the to-do list for Thanksgiving!

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  45. Thanks for inviting me to the Blog Hop! I love your chicken coop area. I look forward to exploring your site! :)

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  46. I still can't believe that you found that coop on the side of the road...would never happen here, lol. I am SO gonna try the eggy potatoes...brilliant!

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  47. Good morning chicky! Your blog is the first page I open in the morning.. I sit and have coffie and then try to copy the things I have seen that I like. I work in Home Depot in the paint Dept so I can think and dream and beg lol for cull or left over goodies. Right now Im trying to work out poop trays that will work for me in the winter. Oh and as for the treats my girls love them..they will jump up like a little dog to get one. lol

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  49. i read the one on the egg potato. i loved it in fact it is my breakfast. so thanks for all ur hard work for us to be able to read and get very useful info thanks again from florida.

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  50. Wishing I could find a coop on the side of the road!

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  51. Wishing I could find a coop on the side of the road!

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  52. I like the way your little coop turned out...unfortunately, our neighborhood raccoon is so shifty...

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  53. Subscribe to my blog via email, done dropastitch@yahoo.com CAN'T WAIT!!!

    2. Leave a comment below on any topic covered in this blog post My sister sent me to your site because she's crazy about the egg/baked potato recipe going to try it for the crowds at T'giving....

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  54. Thank you for the little things you do to help my life easier with my chicken flock.. I LOVE MY CHICKENS!!!!

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  55. Recycling my children's playhouses for chicken coops for my sultans and silkies! Sultan Palace and Silkie Suites! Will post pics after I get through with them! Love your columns

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  56. Thanks so much for following and for the invite to your party! I'm now following you here and on fb. I saw on your profile that we live not too far away from each other. Have a great day!

    Angela

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  57. Absolutely love your mini-coop! It fits so well with your other coops.

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  58. Hi Kathy,
    I LOVE your blog and the Blog Hop !!! What a wonderful find...we've found goodies over the years- chairs with ottoman, doll house for my daughter, Little Tykes riding tractor for my son, and many other great things, some just in need of a little TLC. But, never have we found a chicken coop, WOW !!! Kudos to you !!

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  59. Hi Kathy,
    Love your blog and Love the Blog Hop !!!! Some of the treats I give my gals are pasta (they absolutely LOVE pasta !!!) grapes, blueberries and strawberries, scrambled eggs with green peppers, cheese, apple chunks, older bread, raisins, watermelon, dry cereal, and leftover muffins with birdseed, raisins pushed into them !!!

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  60. My chickens go crazy over the dried mealworms. I think that treat may be tied with grapes.

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  61. I will propagate some lavender. I have one out front and would love to have more of it.

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  62. I have a lavender plant out front and would love to propagate more of it. Thanks!

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  63. Thank you for the great blog hop! I look forward to many future visits!

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  64. Finding a coop on the side of the road...talk about luck! Love your blog =)

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  65. Being that I'm new to having chickens as pets (since the summer), I love reading your blog and learning about the proper way to care for my chickens. I love reading your updates on Facebook too. Thanks for the chance to win! tdmom777 at gmail dot com

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  66. Thanks for the invitationn! I came by and linked up a couple of posts.

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  67. I used to have chickens. There always a joy to watch. I am new to your blog and I must say, you chicken coops are wonderful. You did an amazing job with the little coop you found and the bench is adorable. I am your newest follower. I am off to explore now.

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  68. Love it around here with the chics and all! New follower, hope to stay in touch!

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  69. I love your new mini coop! It is adorable! the chair bench is an awesome recycled idea. You have great ideas! Thank you for sharing. <3

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  70. Thanks for hosting Kathy. I am so happy you found me so that I could find you. We actually purchased a farm last Christmas and I have four chickens and lots of eggs. Will love following your blog.

    Thanks again,
    Margaret

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  71. Thanks for the invitation and the party! Have an awesome week!

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  72. Following you back from TheStuffofSuccess - Have a terrific weekend.
    Athena

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  73. Well hello there! finally retrieved my emails and found your comment waiting! Am I late in linking up?

    Thank you so much for your comments on mine and for the invitation. Love your chicken, chick, and your lovely blog :) Have a great weekend.

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  74. Thanks for the invitation, what a fun link-up. I look forward to reading more of your blog as well as some of these fun links. :) ~April

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