Clever Chicks Blog Hop #3


Welcome to my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You’re invited to enter the giveaway, hop from one fantastic blog article to another and share links from your blog (if you have one)!

On a fruitful Saturday about a month ago, I took a trip to the local landfill where I found four discarded chair backs that we upcycled into this adorable bench. I could not have imagined that my ‘picker’ luck could have gotten any better that day, yet somehow it did.

I was no more than 10 houses away from my own when I spotted this tiny chicken coop on the curb, free for the taking. A conversation with the owner revealed that she had given up on chicken-keeping because she couldn’t predator-proof her coops. That was unfortunate but not surprising given the poor quality of the workmanship on this little number. Any raccoon worth his salt could get into it by lifting the egg door, the roof or lifting up the front hook-and-eye latch.

We reinforced the basic structure, including the floor, (which we can now use to make toy airplanes out of, it was that flimsy) added hardware cloth on the window, linoleum flooring and added predator-proof latches. The back side of the coop still needs windows cut out as one window is not sufficient ventilation for any coop, regardless of the size. The removable, hinged roof was augmented with cedar planks.

The roof peak wasn’t sealed in any way, so we added copper flashing to make it waterproof.  A little paint and a decorative wood touch to the front and The Mini Coop is ready to serve as a maternity ward. I like that it is portable and can be relocated.

The Mini Coop joins The Little Coop (red) and The Little Deuce Coop (cedar). Not a bad day’s haul from the landfill!


A blog hop, also known as a linky party or linkup, is a gathering of blog authors who share links to their articles on the host’s blog. The articles appear as a collection of thumbnail images & clicking on them brings you to the author’s blog. Blog Hops are a great way to network with other bloggers, gain exposure to new readers and discover blogs and ideas you may not have stumbled upon otherwise. No invitation is necessary to attend! Link up and have fun mingling!

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  • Share the link to your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, stories, etc.
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8 years ago

Thank you for hosting!
Janie c

The Alchemist
8 years ago

Thank you so much for featuring my Breakfast Baked Potatoes! Today I've linked up my Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble.

I hope you have a great week!

Thanks again!

Melissa @ The Alchemist

8 years ago

Thanks so much for hosting!
Have a WONDERFUL week 🙂

Two Succulent Sisters
8 years ago

Hi, Kathy, thanks for the hop. I read the one about the mule. Too funny! Sometimes I get caught up in the seriousness of blogging and doing tutorials. It was nice just to laugh about some mules – oh, and a horse. I love what you got on the side of the road. Totally cool! I love picking up stuff from the side of the road. In fact, people who ride with me like my Mom or my daughter, have a fit if they see a pile of stuff because they know I'm going to want to take a look… Read more »

Athena at Minerva's Garden

Hi Kathy: Thank you so much for hosting the party tonight. I really enjoyed hearing about your adventures "picking"–what a cute coop and chair-back bench! Take care, and have a wonderful new week.

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