Posts Tagged ‘fencing’

Hi! I am Lisa from The Dilletante Proprietor

I just love Girl’s Gone Trashy and am a regular lurker over here so I was absolutely thrilled that I was asked to do a guest post!

I asked myself at least 50 times what was the most important and the most expensive obstacle to “farming”…”homesteading”… when you already have your property?


Fencing was the single most important thing to me when I wanted a garden and to start off raising my own food… but couldn’t afford it…

I only have ½ an acre to fence…but when it comes down to it? I can’t afford 25ft of what it would take to fence this property…

The solution? I used recycled cedar “posts” from a torn down building and $2.00 landscape timbers…the timbers are 4×4 treated lumber… they are not exactly 4×4 as they are round on one side and flat on the other but they make awesome posts!

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For rails? I asked permission to walk through the woods at several places and gather fence “poles”…the ones that were already on the ground…I did glean some posts there also…

To attach the rails to the posts…I drilled a 1 inch hole in the end of my rail…pounded another 2 inch piece of re-bar into that hole and then drilled another hole into my post…it is just like a dowel rod.

This fence is surprisingly strong…you can sit on it…although I only use it to fence in my garden… I bet it would be hardy enough to keep a cow in or a horse and with closer placement of the poles? Maybe a goat or a hog…well, maybe not a hog..I have had plenty of those in my life time and they are terrible escape artists! It has already been through to Northern winters with 7 feet of snow sitting on it and no sign of damage… It is actually very nice looking too…for a free fence!

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The Hanging box

Posted: April 25, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead
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Here is a tip for you, contractors will throw out privacy fencing material if it is flawed, crack or just plain unpleasant. The ones that are cracked, as long as it isn’t more than half way up, can be used for many other projects.

Now the Hanging box is wonderful for dry aging meats that hang no longer than 48 hours. Longer than that and you will need to regulate the temperature better.

Hanging Box

Right now it holds four 20lbs turkeys easily. Later hooks will be added to hang smaller animals, as well as being plumed into some piping and a fire box to be used as a smoker.

Made with privacy fencing, reclaimed coat hooks, and a metal pipe.

With the creation of the Hay spike trailer, we discovered one small problem. What to do with the truck bed itself.

We brain stormed many many ideas, and the one we decided on was a chicken coop.

The truck bed is the base, set on bricks. We used reclaimed pallet boards to build the main body of the coop. The truck topper for the roof, and reclaimed windows and doors.

Total cost for construction? A bit of time.

We got the windows and doors from a friend that replaces them for a living. The pallet boards came from a manufacturing company that throws them away. The topper came from a neighbor that was going to junk it. And the black metal roosting area is part of a broken bunk bed.

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I know what you are going to say. . . white trash ingenuity at it’s finest!

The feeder was made with an above ground pool part!

The greatest thing about the new coop? If things ever got really bad, we could live in it.

Box of Chickens

Posted: March 10, 2011 by emphelan in Around the Homestead, White Trash with a Purpose
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It’s that time of year when chicks start arriving by mail. A brooder cage is something to have around. We opted out of the cardboard rings and built something that can be used for a longer time, more durable and can be placed outside to allow the chicks to acclimatizes.

This pen holds 52 chicks comfortably or 10 pullets.

dimensions. 4ft by 5ft by 22 inches tall

you need;

rails off of a wood deck and a couple of 2×4

reclaimed plywood

rusted fencing cut down to 2 feet in height (scrub off rust)

a couple of old door hinges.

Store bought screws and nails. They can range in price.

Chicks pen

th back side top has the only solid area, allowing the fenced door top to sit comfortably and allows you to place the feed or waterer on the “table” . The hinged door is a top loader style, not a side door. Allowing easier access to the chicks.

We have used this through 2 brooding cycles. The fence does allow the chick to pop through, so we end up chasing 1 or 2 around at times. Chicken wire solves that problem.

Brooders can be made in various ways. Baby pools, animal crates, those skinny metal horse troughs, small dog house, and plywood. The list could go on a bit more. Just make sure you have enough space per bird.

And this pen also doubles as a trap for cats, large turkeys and small children who put the cats and the turkeys in the pen in the first place.