06 May '12, 9am

Homemade Chicken Coop with Beer Can Shingles Was Built in 10 Hours for $40

Homemade Chicken Coop with Beer Can Shingles Was Built in 10 Hours for $40

Here's an inspiring story for aspiring DIYers: Matt Pike, a contractor living in Marshall, North Carolina, realized just last weekend that he needed to build a coop for the quickly growing 20 chicks that call his farm home. Luckily for Matt, he was in the process of building two homes (for his family and his next door in-laws). So he dived into the scrap pile and got to work. The coop is made up of two 4' by 8' pallets, a salvaged tin roof purchased at a flea market, assorted lumber, and shingles made from empty beer cans. Matt bought the chicken wire and the latches for the gates, and spent less than $40 on the whole shebang, which he built in less than ten hours. © Matt Pike The coop is hardly a work of art, but it's functional. Of his process, Matt wrote in an e-mail: I literally dumped a big pile [of scrap] on the ground and started nailing stuff together...I didn't ma...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/chicken-coop...

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