Pallet Chicken House, Or as I like to call it Cheap! ( Others would call it Green ).
As you may or may not know, Pallets are everywhere. All you have to do is look. I like using Craigslist to post a free ad to letting people know I'm looking and also do a little searching myself.
What I did:
I went down to my local Bus repair shop, who gets pallets by the truck loads, and hauled their Pallets for them. Well, Just the ones I wanted. This saves them money, Time, and it works out for both of us.
After selecting some Pallets that were in good condition, I took the back home. I laid them out and designed from them.
I used a Saw Saw to cut the nails away from the other board. Note I said Cut the Nails, not the wood. Prying with a hammer seems to break the boards.
***TIP*** Cut the nails of the board along the sides of the pallet. The nails in the middle are most of the time hard to cut. I used a Scrap piece of 2x4 about 6 to 8 inches long and placed it on the back side of the pallet left and then right of the center boards. ( Pallet must be raised at a angle for safe working conditions, and angled enough so that the board can drop down without being driven into the ground). Then I use a hammer and hit the 2x4 piece a few taps on the left a few on the right until they dropped off. The Nails in the center will still be attached, but you can drive them out with a hammer after you get them off.
After I have my boards separated, I used the Long boards that everything was nailed to as my studs and then the other boards as my side.
I didn’t get a picture of that, sorry.
My coop is done with all approximant measurements. I tried to use all like boards. I also saw a Cabinet on the side of the road that someone was going to throw away. I asked them if I could take the doors. He said yes and I now have doors to accesses my chicken coop for the back. I used Old milk crates as nesting boxes and cut the front and back down in the middle to access the eggs better. I didn’t cut all the way down. This keeps the eggs from rolling out and falling to the ground.
I’m still working on it but wanted to show you what I had in the works. There are a total of 6 Crates used here. This will be placed in a 10 x 10 x 6 Dog kennel I got off of Craigslist. I attached Chicken wire over the top of the kennel to keep hawks and Owls away from my chickens.
I will be Painting the coop when I get done with all the trim.
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