Once you have a good idea of what you want to build, where are you going to find those building materials? Of course, purchasing them at your local hardware or home box store is a no brainer. If you’re interested in being a bit more environmentally conscious or are on a shoestring budget, try finding materials on local websites like Craigslist or Freeecyle. Habitat for Humanity is also a good option. Builders will often unload leftovers there.
Another option is to look around your own home and consider what you might use. After reconsidering the best location for our chicken yard and realizing that we probably won’t get rabbits again any time soon (sadly, ours were attacked by a raccoon last August), we tossed the plans I shared earlier and decided to convert our two rabbit hutches into a poultry palace of sorts. We cut out extra openings for interior doors and for the nesting boxes and added a middle unit to connect the two hutches. The hutch stands were also wired to allow for a lower level. We also saved time by purchasing pre-made nesting boxes by Wayfair at our local ranch co-op. If you don’t have a ranching store in your community, I’ll bet that you can find them online as well. Below are some production shots. I’ll share our final results next time!