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« on: March 11, 2009, 10:47:01 AM »

So back about April of last year I have this sudden impulse to get chickens.  catch chick What does one need for chickens? Why a chicken coop of course. So being a man of few means ($$$) I think of a way to do this cheaply. I go out and gather up a bunch of pallets. Figure I can take them apart and use the wood to make the coop. As anyone who has ever taken pallets apart knows, they do not come apart easily without breaking boards. So then I get the idea of used fences. We go out and gather a whole bunch of fence panels and boards and post. The fence company I went through says you got to take everything. Also I found a bunch of 2x4s for free, and the other day I got a trailer load of 2x4s really cheap.

Now if the weather cooperates I am ready to finish up this coop job.     I have the floor done and I did have a couple of walls up till high winds, at two different times, took them down.    

But now ladies and gentlemen, I have found, for free mind you, an old travel trailer. It is eight feet wide and about 35 feet long. It isn't worth fixing up to use for people anymore but strip out the inside and add a few rails and boxes and you got an instant chicken coop.     All I got to do is get it from about 25 miles away to here.

Now the wife wants me to take all this wood I gathered up and build a deck around the above ground pool. Fence in a portion of the yard to keep the kids in. And build a screened enclosure around the back porch.
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 01:02:17 PM »

35 ft will hold alot of chickens!!!!!   maybe you could split it and put hives in half with exits out both sides
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 01:13:09 PM »

Some of it might end up as storage space for bee things and other stuff. Free up my storage shed so I can use it as a work shop finally. It is mostly crowded with stuff and a small part is partitioned off for the temporary chicken coop.

OH!!! and an update on the rocks and stuff I was getting from the highway construction. I have ended up with many loads of the stuff. I now have rock and stuff all the way back to the back of the place. My five acres is about 200 feet wide and nearly 1000 feet deep. So now I can get back there when.... ummmm.... if it rains.  rolleyes
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 02:28:14 PM »

Jerry

Explain the rocks from the highway dept if you would.

I have a sister with a dirt road for a driveway they are looking to have limestone put down at the tune of 20,000 bucks shocked I was wondering about the rocks your getting maybe I can point my sis in a direction around here to minimize some of her cost

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 04:00:42 PM »

This is where I posted something about it.

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,19553.0.html

They were redoing the highway in front of my house (About 30 miles worth) and I got them to haul there "State Rejected" material here. It helps of course if it is saving them money. So They don't have to haul it off to where ever, they have a dumping ground right at the job sight, my place. I did start a trend as a lot of folks around here got into the act. But a lot of them were picky also about exactly what they got and exactly how it was placed. They would even come and grade it down for us after dumping. And these people where picky.  rolleyes I got so much because I didn't care what it was. It would make a better drive than just plain old dirt.

If your sis has a way to haul the stuff here is another thing I did. I went to where they had built a big apartment complex and got a lot of free fill from them. That also spared them the cost of hauling it off. So check at construction sights where they put in big parking places. Also cement companies. They have to clean out their trucks everyday and so they have a place full of waste they have to clean up sometimes. Sometimes you can get it free and sometimes it cost a little to get it. And sometimes there will be big chunks of concrete in it. So you have to cull that out later.

Put adds on Craiglist and other places for gravel, rock, or what ever and see what happens.

Good Luck.  grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2009, 12:33:22 AM »

Mr. Jerry Mac, This is County Building Department, we understand you are opporating and unliscensed and illegal waste disposal site. 


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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009, 01:37:25 AM »

No. This isn't waste. This is a contractor that has material that he either has to sell or move back to his place, which is over a hundred miles away. Or find a place to dispose of at some cost to him. So the best thing is to sell it. But if no one is buying, then the next best thing is to give it to someone as close as possible to save on the transportation cost or the charge of unloading it onto someone else. Plus I don't think they take rock and dirt at the local land fill. Don't know anyone dumb enough (for these parts) to haul that kind of stuff to the land fill. Too many people (around these parts) wanting top soil and/or rock.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2009, 01:46:57 AM »

The same goes with the fencing material. The fence companies take down old fences and the public is welcome to it. Saves them the cost of dumping it. They also have a cull pile, defected boards they can not sell, but it is good lumber someone can use. So giving it away saves the cost of hauling it to the dump.

The cement companies have to clean out the trucks everyday. They then scrape up this stuff and pile it up. Anyone that wants this stuff can go get it from them. They either sell it or give it away depending on how badly they need it out of there.
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2009, 10:34:40 AM »

Good luck Jerry. I was looking at your pictures and was wondering where the chicken coupe was. How you gettin' that trailer over?


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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009, 01:44:09 AM »

Drag the trailor home, make the coop...Hide your other stuff, cuz in a year or 2 your wife wont mess wity the pool much and will forget about the deck....Mine did!
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009, 08:55:13 AM »

My wife loves the pool. No way will she stop liking it. Then there are the kids and grandkids. We got this pool used several years ago and it is about to fall apart and we are thinking about getting a new one.  rolleyes
Now here is the ringer. I don't like water much. It has to be really warm for me to even think about getting in. But who takes care of it? Yep, that's right, me.

Just like everybody running around tearing stuff up. Who do you think has to fix it?

Ahhh families. What would we do without them?
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2009, 09:07:21 AM »

Jerry, my neighbor has a camp out of Fourchon (pronounced Foo shaw) on the water. He also owns a very big boat.

So my wife and I go to their camp as guests and of course the guys are going fishing right?

Not him though, he gets sea sick if the water is less than smooth as glass. His brother and I wound up going out in the boat, the brother said his brother rarely goes out and he owns the camp and the boat!


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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 09:28:55 AM »

Some of us just like to see others having fun.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009, 09:39:58 AM »

Some of us just like to see others having fun.

I assumed the same thing but he's always talking about how they slammed the fish, I guess he really does mean "they".


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