Chickens are not fancy, so they don’t need fancy a fancy place to lay their eggs. Here are five examples of people recycling other things and turning them into chicken nesting boxes.
Awhile back, it occurred to me that I needed a wide-mouth funnel for canning or transferring bigger things, like dried beans, to bottles. I looked in the store and found that wide-mouth funnels start at $6, so I decided to make one out of an old 2-liter soda bottle instead.
All you do is cut around the top of the bottle and invert it so it works like a funnel. Very simple and it works great. I’ve used the funnel countless times and even wash it in the dishwasher when it’s dirty.
And the best part is that it didn’t cost a thing.
When we moved in to this house, we pulled a white cabinet from the bathroom that we didn’t want anymore. I was going to sell it on Craigslist, but then we had a better idea. With a few alterations, we turned the bathroom cabinet into a brooder for my baby chickens.
First, my husband put in a removable floor on the cabinet. It can be popped out of the brooder for easy cleaning. Then he made a window for the chicks by cutting a square rectangle in one wall and attaching a 4″ roll of hardware cloth (the screen) to it with a staple gun.
That was all there was to it. We added newspaper to the bottom as lining, a water bottle, and baby chick mash that we bought at the feedstore. And finally, we put in our two baby chicks, Lucy and Penny.
Baby chickens need warmth. According to this site, you “start with 90-100 degrees F the first week. Then, lower down temperature by 5 degrees every week until the chicks have feathers that will protect them.” We tried putting a light bulb in the brooder, but it seemed unsafe, so we decided to use a space heater to heat the room to the temperature they need. The heater’s thermostat keeps the room from getting too cold. We also put the heater beside the brooder so that some of the heat goes into the box with the chicks.
So far, the chicks seem happy. We got them on Friday and they have already grown about a half inch and are starting to develop pin feathers on their wings. We must be doing something right.
After the chickens outgrow the brooder, we will recycle the cabinet again by turning it into a seed starter for next year’s plants. I guess I want to see how many babies can I put inside of one old bathroom cabinet.
Check out this cool project from Vienna-based designer Andreas Scheiger. He took parts from old bikes and turned them into “taxidermy” racks that are strong enough to hold a bike.
If I were a bike person, I would have one of these. [This Is Colossal]
Here’s another idea for what to do with wine corks: use them as spools for thread.
There are lots of things you can do with an old sweater, and apparently one of them is to turn them into boots. By exploiting the ribbing and warmth of the sweater, you can turn it into cozy boots to get you through these cold winter months. Here are three how-tos to consider:
UPCYCLED SWEATER BOOTS. In this how-to, the instructions tell you to cover a cheap pair of flat with the sweater, like so:
I like this version of the project, because using the flats gives you a sturdy sole for the bottom of the boot. As a bonus, you can upcycle old flats this way too.
UPCYCLED SWEATER SLIPPER BOOTS. These boots don’t have much of a sole, but the photo looks good. With some tweaking, you could make some decent boots out of this how-to.
UPCYCLED SWEATER SLIPPERS. These are slippers, not boots, but the project clearly show how to make a sole out of felt.
Combine the last two how-tos, and you could end up with pretty cool boots made from one old sweater.
Here’s a great idea from Flickr: when your patio umbrella gets worn out from exposure, as they are wont to do, don’t throw it out. Instead, strip off the material and use the frame as a trellis for beans, cucumbers, or other climbing vines.
I like this idea from Design Sponge. It’s a dresser with milk crates instead of drawers. It’s kind of edgy and cool, plus a good way to reuse a dresser with broken/missing drawers.
I am tempted to make these Natural Branch Coasters. All you do is cut a log to coaster-sized wood slives and paint with varnish. These wood look great on the backyard patio set. Great idea.
Milk jugs are surprisingly useful things to have around. Here are 10 ways to recycle a milk jug:
2. Or a scoop.
10. Turn into an awesome Storm Trooper Helmet, just in time for Halloween.