We decided this year that we wanted to get chickens again after having every flock weve ever owned eaten by predators and we knew we needed to build a new coop 1) because the bear tore the entire back half of our old coop off 2)because we wanted to relocate it to a larger area that is less likely to have predator attacks and easier to surround with electric fencing and 3) because we needed a MUCH larger coop for our much larger flock!
I showed my husband what I had in mind, we leveled an area in the the yard and built this thing for the least amount of money possible
Floor made of pallets and smaller beams inbetween to join the pallets.
Walls going up. Kids are super helpful.
Looking down from the house. I will have a great birds eye view of the hen house!
All the wall framing is done. The support boards are temporary and similar boards were later moved to the inside of the coop.
We pried apart a million (or so it seemed!!) pallets to side the walls.
Sprayed a sealer on everything. Took forever to dry!!
Art added by our 4 year old. <3
Overall we only had to purchase a few 2x4s, a few sheets of plywood for the floor, some of the roofing, nails/screws and door hinges. We had a lot of materials laying around, including hardware cloth, some roofing and assorted boards. We sourced our pallets from several different businesses in town, but the main pallets used for the floor and walls were from a milk co. they are stronger/thicker than other pallets. As we built this thing our neighbors started offering up supplies (spare wood, fencing, etc.) we took anything they offered up even if we didn't use it for the coop. In the process we acquired materials for our pig and goat houses and a fantastic fence for the bee boxes. We are pretty sure this is the best neighborhood ever.