As many of you know, we welcomed 6 chicks into the fold this past May. They are so cute when they are this tiny.
It seems like overnight that these chicks grew to three times their size. (They aren’t even full grown yet.) Not so cute anymore are they? I am surprised Ryan didn’t opt for his trash bag in this picture. He usually wears a trash bag for fear of chickens using him as an outhouse. Click here for that post.
Here we were with growing chickens and just a small coop that we have in our garage. This coop was purchased for temporary housing until a permanent outdoor coop was either built or bought.
This kit that Grant bought at the Tractor Supply store is for 2 -4 full grown chickens. It cost about $100. It is not a secure coop to leave them outside in either. It is more like a big bird cage. Talk about being cooped up!
I was worried. There was no other coop in the works.
Through my online search, I found out that coop kits are expensive. Some of the nicer, bigger coops cost over $1,000. Like any product review blogger, I contacted a few companies thinking they would be honored to have me review a large chicken coop. As you can imagine, I didn’t hear back. Do you think my email went right to their spam folder, or just right into the trash?
Also, I checked Craig’s List, for used coops that could accommodate six chickens. These were at least $400-$500 dollars. Yikes.
That’s a lot of money to shell out for a used pet’s house, never mind a new one. You can’t blame me for trying. All I can say is these ladies had better be gearing up to lay lots of eggs.
Then it hit me. I just joined Freecycle.org a few weeks ago. I never did a thing with it. I wondered, if I put up a message in search of a coop, maybe I would get a response.
Here is the message I posted –
We could really use a chicken coop for six chickens. If anyone has one they are getting rid of that is in decent shape, please let me know.
and like a gift from above here is the message that I received within one day –
I have a coop but it is heavy. It could be cut into 2 pieces and taken. It would require more than 2 people to move. My husband made it 2 years ago.
Here is a picture of that coop. Look at the roof. This is perfect for the New England winter that is right around the corner. The actual house for the chickens is perfect for six chickens with room to spare. The penned in area is great for them to move around in. When we are home and outside with them, we do let them free range.
This may not look like much to you, but after seeing what coops cost, knowing what materials cost, and knowing Grant’s procrastinating nature, I figured I might as well have just hit. the. lottery.
I made arrangements to take a look over the weekend. We borrowed my Dad’s truck and trailer and found this family’s house less that five minutes away in the next town over. You have to understand, nothing is less than five minutes away from us.
It was two hours worth of work, but we cut it into three pieces and loaded it on the trailer. Grant will be the first to tell you, I didn’t do much but stand there in the sweltering heat and watch.
Here is Grant after putting the coop back together in its permanent home. (This is Grant’s Bill Murray/Caddy Shack look. All this picture needs is a gopher peering out from the bushes. )
So that’s my story about a free chicken coop on Freecycle.org. I am a new believer in Freecycle.org. I have since given back to this community by donating a huge bag of my boys clothes that are now too small. I don’t think I will ever be able to top a chicken coop though.
Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,104 groups with 9,408,602 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on ‘Browse Groups’ above the search box. Have fun!
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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 9 and 12. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging about life in New England, tips on everything and anything, recipes and the antics of her boys, you can find her providing taxi, laundry, meal preparation and decluttering services for her family. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.
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