In our on-going effort to streamline the functionality of, as well as beautify our coop, there was a really glaring problem. Well, two really glaring problems: the food and grit dispensers.
After all the trouble we went to in building this new coop, the food and grit dishes were just not cutting it:
You may also remember that in the old coop, I used a frying pan to feed the girls:
I started daydreaming about bending the handle of the fry pan 90 degrees (so that I could hang it on the wall for them to eat out of), but my cast-iron bending super-hero powers are just not what they used to be. It was about then that I happened to see a display in a kitchen-supply store where several ladles were hanging all in a nice, tidy row and I thought, “YUP. There it is.”
I began with a craft store-bought wooden plaque (of which I seem to always have a few laying around in order to paint up a sign whenever I feel like it…I’m so normal), which I painted, distressed, and then stained to get a nice dirty-aged vibe. Then, using my sign-painting technique, I labeled it clearly so that the chickens wouldn’t be confused. I bought some inexpensive ladles from Ikea, taped off the stainless areas and spray-painted the wooden handles red, just for fun. I attached them to the plaque with tiny cup hooks, and then finished the whole look with a couple of spray-painted cast iron star washers (of which I also have far too many laying around). I have four hens, but it looked better to have just the three ladles. As long as there is more than one ‘dish’ the girls make it work. I should also note that this feeder works only because I have so few birds…obviously this is not practical (is it ever?) if you have a lot of mouths to feed.
The grit dispenser is a direct knock-off of Fresh Eggs Daily’s cute DIY Wine Bottle Chicken Grit & Oyster Shell Dispenser. Head on over and check out their DIY (which is so adorable and extra awesome because it uses all re-purposed materials—love that!).
I went and used another of my go-to pre-made craft store plaques (I’m hard up for scrap wood pieces these days!!!), painted to match the ‘Grub’ sign. I have a handful of these vintagey-looking, adorable Mountain Valley Spring Water bottles sitting around, and because the colors go so well with the coop, I knew I had to use one. Finally, I attached the bottle and the tuna can catch-basin with a couple of ducting clamps that I had laying around (these things come in handy for a multitude of projects), which work so great for this because they are easy to loosen and tighten just by turning the little screw-doohickie-thinger. Using a self-tapping metal screw, the clamps are just attached directly onto the wood plaque.
Does anyone else think that wall above the roost bar is looking rather bare…? Yep. Time for another completely impractical chicken craft project. Good times!!!
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