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Make a chicken coop from farm junk

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Make a chicken coop using scraps easily found around the farm or at the tip. Fencing mesh, flexible tree prunings, mud, straw and tin. This chicken coop uses very basic weaving skills and earth building techniques. Very easy for those who prefer to avoid hammers, nails and corners!
 
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Step 1: Gather the materials

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The frame is built from flexible tree prunings and fencing mesh. I used wisteria prunings, but any kinds of branches with a little flexibility will do. The fencing mesh came from the scrap metal pile. It came in two lengths of 60 cm high x 1.5m wide. Posts were already attached to the fencing mesh, but posts or star pickets could be attached following the building of the frame.

Step 2: Build the frame

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The frame for the chicken coop is constructed by weaving flexible branches through the fencing mesh. Begin at the base with the first branch, and weave it in and out of the gaps in the fencing mesh. Begin weaving the second branch just above the first one, but weave on the opposite side of the vertical wires than the first branch. Work up the fencing mesh, branch by branch, always alternating the weave on either side of the wire. If the branches are too thick to weave through every gap in the fencing mesh, going through every second gap is fine. Use the longer branches first. If a branch is too short tuck the ends into the branch below, and continue weaving with another branch. When the whole panel is woven, fill any obvious gaps with remaining branches.
Excellent - even looks like a rather whacky piece of art XD This would really be a fun thing for kids to try, and I love how you improvised the whole thing from just stuff you had around your own farm. Now this is the kind of thing I love seeing on instructables!
This is so much nicer than the dung-wattle technique used in some countries for dwellings! It makes me think that a pretty good organic planting patch could be created (only use biodegradeable materials!) by allowing the chicken poop to remain inside, and when the rains melt the coop it will all turn into a nice puddle of compost by the next year. Perfect for planting a fruit tree or bush.
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