If you live in an urban or suburban area and you raise chickens, you understand the plethora of consumer “must haves” targeted at us. Things like super cool $300 plastic coops and $10 bottles of egg-wash. (Trust me I am not knockin’ you if you have these items, I’m trying to illustrate a point.)
All of this causes me to ask myself…If I need all of these things then where are the savings in raising my own chickens? I myself have been through the gamut of products, spent tons of money unnecessarily, and have come out on the other side wiser.
My very sweet and amazingly supportive husband has been working on a new coop for the new batch of chicks we purchased back in the beginning of September. He is not a carpenter, in fact he works in the medical field. He has never worked construction a day in his life. But the man has a vision for things. And he makes them! Beautifully!
Now that we are living off of one income, we have become all too cautious about our spending. In fact, my motto is now: “Luxury is refusal.” So, when it came time to purchase a new coop we couldn’t bring ourselves to pay the asking price. We were committed to waiting patiently and looking for a good deal.
As luck would have it, that very day I was driving by the community dumpster and noticed an old dresser. Yes, we loaded that bad boy on the truck and today I have a new chicken coop! It’s made with 100% reclaimed materials we found lying around the garage and dump. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
So I ask, what are you in need of? I encourage you to wait patiently. Open your mind and eyes toward other ways of doing things. The best, most frugally sustainable option is hiding somewhere…find it!
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