- Kid's swimming pool
- Adult's hot tub (notice the plumbing fixtures)
- Water tank for gardens & livestock
- Moving container (how I got all my fragile items from CA to PA without breaking)
- Grain bin
- Layer box (big failure as I used the black one and it got too hot)
- Weight lifting supports
- Table (especially at the annual Goat Roasts)
And so I introduce to you today yet another lifetime for this handy item---a chick brooder!
Sadly, neither tote is water-tight anymore so I won't feel bad modifying this one with a few ventilation holes.
And for all you Star Trek Next Generation fans, you may recall that these things were a standard set item for all the cargo bay scenes.
As a proponent of sustainability, I try to get multiple uses out of a single item--multi-species portable shelters made from recycled shipping crates, futon frames turned hay racks, a drag made from a pallet & chain link for breaking up manure patties and covering seeds, water tanks, feeders and kid warmers made from plastic barrels are just a few goodies. I'm also a big fan of the many uses and configurations of portable panels and gates that can easily be turned into a multitude of functional farm items.
Just last week I was able to easily, and more importantly, safely load a beef on to my stock trailer by myself with the use of two 10' corral panels. Each panel retails for about $140. With a few sets of short chains and snap shackles, those same two panels have also been used for a swing/squeeze chute with which to safely work cattle. Remember my nasty yak? That's how I handled her without incident.
My 'game' in farming has been to see how much value I can pull from a single item and the fish box ranks right up at the top of my list. So next time you're embarking on a project, look around and get creative. That's what makes life interesting and fun!