Eventually, children outgrow their toys and you just don’t know what to do with them. Some things just get thrown out, some parents are able to resell items or, in the case of Backyardchickens.com user Hen_House_Rocks, the old toys can be upcycled and repurposed.
This adorable Playskool playhouse was useful for many years for children from several families.
Eventually, though, the kids outgrew it and Hen_House_Rocks was on the verge of throwing it out, when she had a brilliant idea.
She always wanted to raise chickens in her backyard, but had never had the money for the building materials to make a coop. This unused seemed like the perfect solution.
She grabbed her staple gun and began covering the windows , while her husband added a nest box that was accessible from the outside.
Next, a few vent covers were added to the roof.
A base slightly bigger than the playhouse was next on the list, built by using scrap wood.
The playhouse was then placed on top of the base and screwed into place. A chicken ladder made the vertical space accessible for the resident hens.
Next, she built a run to give the hens a little extra space.
Using plastic roofing sheets, she added a slanted roof to the run since rain and snow are common in the area throughout the year.
Finally, a few old tree branches were strung up at different heights to add extra places for the hens to roost.
All in all, this Playskool Doll House might have seen better days, but it works incredibly well for the brood of hens that call it home!
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