Don't be Chicken - Nightlight

October 18th, 2014 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Chicken Feeder Nightlight.

Galvanized Feeder...before.
Somewhere out there a chicken is trudging back to its coop sad and hungry.

Galvanized Feeder...after.
Kind of looks like it should be in a Polynesian restaurant…has a slight Tiki appearance to it.

The more I gaze at this light the more I want a Mai Tai.
I created the light socket bracket by using my sophisticated machine shop technique of whacking things into shape with a rubber mallet.

Chicken Feeder Nightlight.

Chicken Feeder Nightlight.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)

I’ve owned this chicken feeder for years and had no idea what to do with it. (I don’t have any chickens) The thing was made specifically to feed poultry and didn’t lend itself to other uses. Butter dish…gross. Place to keep your toothbrushes…grosser. Hors d'oeuvre serving tray…maybe for chicken salad. I thought it would be best to keep anything that may end up in you mouth out of the design process. So with few options left it became a Nightlight.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)
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Comments (33)

DunhamDesigns writes:
Oh My goodness.. What an awesome idea. You always have very creative projects. Keep it up
Posted: 2:43 pm on January 6th
just_old_stuff writes: Truly the most innovate use of a chicken feeder ever. I LOVE it! Posted: 10:56 am on November 11th
JunkArchitect writes: It is secured to the wall with a nail at the top.

Thanks...and post a photo of your light when it's done.


Posted: 8:38 am on November 8th
Chubs writes: I love the night light! Did you secure it to the wall or how does it stay up? I would love to make something similar Posted: 8:56 am on November 7th
plumberdaughter1 writes: This is so cool, what a great idea. Posted: 8:38 pm on October 28th
AtticusFinch writes: OHMYGOSH! That is incredibly genius...
I luv it.
Thanks for sharing and always inspiring to create.
Sheri Posted: 7:16 am on October 24th
snelson4778 writes: so simple yet so creative! I love it
Posted: 5:57 am on October 21st
MakinItHappen writes: I don't remember seeing this before. Very cool. I have a thing for nightlights, and also chicken feeders. Love it. Posted: 9:13 am on March 20th
vangogh_sister writes: I wish you were my neighbor. I so admire your aesthetic eye and resourcefulness. great combo! Posted: 12:08 pm on November 3rd
DesignTurnpike writes: That's sweet! Posted: 12:51 pm on October 28th
writes: Jim!
You've done it again. I hear you on the Tiki appearance but think it is just fabu.

Nice job as always!

JennyK Posted: 1:53 am on September 4th
CottageElements writes: Jim your projects always blow me away. Another great lighting invention by you, and this one is really for the birds (or chicks)! Your so clever and funny--great combo! I'm just glad you chose not to use this for a food item. Yucky! Keep on making those amazing projects, Jim!

Lani Posted: 12:36 am on September 3rd
Galvanized writes: How could I not love one of your pieces especially when it's made from something galvanized. Love…love…the nightlight. Posted: 7:08 pm on September 2nd
mountaingoat writes: Okay, you get the prize. I have looked at these for years, and could never come up with an idea of what to do with them - love the galvanized metal, shape, etc., but just had no idea. I tip my Mai Tai to you - clink!

Your light inventions ROCK, Jim! Posted: 6:40 pm on September 2nd
airzinnn writes: Great project! I just love it! I wish I could find stuff like that easier here. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 1:09 pm on September 2nd
DownHomeDIY writes: Well, socket to me! I don't know what I like better...the amazine light or the patina finish on your outlet cover. The perfect combination and a great touch on the little details.
~MB Posted: 12:40 pm on September 2nd
alicemom writes: Jim you have done it again!!!!!Great pics too.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:47 pm on September 1st
AtticusFinch writes: That's clever! Good job Junk Architect Jim. Posted: 9:33 pm on September 1st
georgiamoon writes: OMG Jim I am cracking up...You are so funny. I love the way this turned out. I don't really see the Polynesian part of it but a Mai Tai sounds good, and if you have too many, this will light your way! I appreciate your description of the very skilled process of "whacking" things with a mallet. I also noticed a box of band-aids ready and waiting on your work bench...just in case the whacking gets out of hand. Really good project Jim, and I think you were right about NOT turning it into a butter dish. Love it, Georgia Posted: 7:50 pm on September 1st
berton718 writes: Jim,
How is it that you always make the best stuff? What's your secret? Please share!! Good job as always!! Posted: 6:30 pm on September 1st
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
I was raised on the ole farm and have seen many feeders but wow thats super what you did with that.What a great idea. Its a homerun. Robert. Posted: 4:52 pm on September 1st
byabpryor writes: Great job Jim!

Ang Posted: 4:10 pm on September 1st
Christina_S writes: Very, very cool! Love everything about it. Posted: 3:31 pm on September 1st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Very cool light fixture, Jim! I've never seen anything like it in all my chicken-feeder-post-watching time.

Excellent job as usual, my friend. Definitely an original!
Candy Posted: 3:06 pm on September 1st
fionaandtwig writes: Love it! We must've been sharing the collective junk brain, I just posted my own chicken feeder project, too. Inspiring as always! ~ Anne Posted: 11:57 am on September 1st
TroyRash writes: such a great idea .. this is so cool.. got me wanting to go out looking for chicken feeders now - troy Posted: 10:59 am on September 1st
suewhitney writes: Cool beans, Jimbo....very cool beans. LOVE it!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:49 am on September 1st
SantaClaus writes: I couldn't figure out what to do with my chick feeder either; I can't wait to rig this up for a new night light in my kitchen! Oh I LOVE your idea. Posted: 10:32 am on September 1st
RustyDiva writes: Fantastic imagination Jim! I love this light and I agree that your pictures are perfect! I am really gonna have to keep my eye out for these chicken feeder things ~ lot's of cows here but not a lot of chickens. Posted: 10:13 am on September 1st
shabbychick writes: So much for feeding hungry chickens, huh?? Well, at least they won't get lost in the dark when they come to raid YOUR fridge!! :)

Seriously, Jim......this is fantastic! (and so clever!) Love your pics too!

Kathy Posted: 9:52 am on September 1st
fellowjunker writes: This looks fabulous it!!! And your photography is stunning (as usual!)!!
xojanis Posted: 9:45 am on September 1st
oldnews writes: It's 6:30 am and what a great way to start a day - laughing! You are hilarious! I've never seen anything like this, it's wonderful to look at, but your step-by-step is even better! Now I also have an uncontrolable urge for a drink with an umbrella in it!! Thanks for sharing!! Marie Posted: 9:35 am on September 1st
SnowmanHill writes: This is truly awesome! I have many chicken feeders, but none turned into lights, yet. I make lights out of all sorts of things, but this is the best. Thanks for sharing this great idea. Posted: 8:57 am on September 1st
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