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This isn’t called the Frugal Farm Girl for nothing. We are cheap/frugal with EVERYTHING we do guys including our chickens.
Sometimes I think it is a curse other times I am reminded how powerful and a blessing it is in this season of life.
If you are planning on raising chickens you do NOT need to go out and buy a bunch of things you don’t need.
My husband and I love saving money on everything. We are determined to use what we have before we go out and purchase something. Even when we do make a purchase we always think it through and see if we can get it used. If going that route isn’t an option we look for sales and wait for an item to go on sale before we buy.
Learning how to be patient and take yourself apart from what you hear you need or think you want makes a huge difference in your finances but also for you as a person. The emotional battle of having to get what everyone else has or do what others has gets exhausting.
Always take a good look around your own household and even your neighborhood to see what isn’t being used that may be brought back to life in a new way.
If you are saying that a frugal lifestyle or finding items like this to save money on your chicken coop is just to time consuming let me leave you with a powerful quote. One I go back to frequently .
” If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.” Lee Iacocca
For us we want to have our little backyard farm and live debt free. We have a goal to pay off our mortgage in 7 years and this quote reminds me of our goal. It’s all about priorities.
Here are frugal household items you can use for your chickens.
Tidy Cat Litter Boxes – Turn Sideways for nesting boxes.
I saw this on Someday Maybe Farms and it is brilliant!
Chicken Coops using your old satellite dish
Say what? I know. I’m going to use mine now.
Photo Credit: http://thecitychicken.com/hhotm.html
Use golf ball in the nesting box to encourage hens to lay eggs. No need to buy a fake egg from a farm store. If you like garage sales you’ll find old golf balls that work perfect.
Use egg carton for food tray. This works perfect for chicks. As they get older they will step on it and knock it over but for chicks no need to get a special feeder for the young ones.
5 Gallon Buckets
Try 5 Gallon buckets for nesting boxes- didn’t work so great for us but I know it does for others. We had ours stacked in a pyramid. I didn’t care for it with all the poop all on top of it and the girls didn’t take a liking to it. It must work for some because there are plenty of them on Pinterest.
Use an old tire for dust bath or any old big planter filled they will use! ( Mine have started doing that now instead of my gardens)
Hang a suet cage and fill with veggies from the garden to keep your chickens entertained if they are enclosed.
Use old plastic crates for nesting boxes.
Use a Five Gallon Bucket with a dollar store serving tray or one you have already to pay $3.80 instead of $30 for a water source for chickens.
Use your compost in the chicken coop – they love scratching through it can help lessen the cost of feed.
Don’t buy oyster shells for your chickens- instead use what you have. Egg Shells give your flock the calcium boost sometimes needed. Bake your egg shells at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or so and then crush using a rolling pin. Add the crushed eggshells to a bowl and place out for the chickens. Just make them small enough so that they don’t resemble and egg shells because the chickens could start pecking at eggs. Why do this? Go here.
Grown extra veggies in your garden to give to your chickens. Lettuce is such an easy thing to start from seed- making it very affordable. Chickens love pecking at lettuce. I grow an extra tomato plant, multiple types of lettuce and cherry tomatoes just for the chickens.
Pieces of Junk
Use what you have or what is free on the side of the road for chicken coops. This article has 29 amazing frugal ways to build a chicken coop. Never buy a chicken coop from stores like Tractor supply or other farming stores. They cost way too much 😉
Reuse food containers/jars for dust baths or even waters. We are using an old bucket outside for the chickens. We have the traditional water container we bought when we made the most common mistakes as first time chicken owners, but now the chickens drink from buckets, puddles, and the kiddie pool. They don’t care what their water container looks like as long as they have access to water 24 hours.
Freeze food In Ice Cube Trays
Wanting to give your chickens a treat but not into buying more scratch food or what not from your local feed store? Use canned corn or frozen corn and sprinkle in an ice cube tray. Fill the tray up with water and freeze. Then on a hot day give to your chickens to peck at. I saw it on Pinterest and they love it.
What tips do you have to use household items for your chickens?