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Shadowmanes Chicken Shack

By shadowmane, Apr 22, 2012 | Updated: May 10, 2012 | | |
  1. shadowmane
    Well, I made the mistake of starting with only half a plan, and no idea where to go from there. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

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    Obviously, its a pallet coop.

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    It took me a whole month to build this thing, with some major refinements, and help from some friends of the family.

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    I originally held the walls together with this splicing. There is a board across the top, then those two little 2x4's taken off the bottom of the pallet the board on top came off of.

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    The corners are held together by these angles bought at Lowe's.

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    Here's a false start with a louvred window that my wife and I put in. Later, my dad and I added another wall on the right, before my friends, a father and son, both engineers, arrived (a week later on a weekend) and gave me another idea. So, down came the window, and up went new walls.

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    Notice the walls are even now after cutting that pallet on the right. Also, the door is wider at the top than on the bottom.

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    We're in North Carolina, and our summers get very hot. It was decided that we would simply surround the whole thing with chicken wire, and put up plastic around it in the winter to keep the wind out. The top will be the ventilation. Here's some pictures with the roof added and the chicken wire.

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    The door was hand made out of the wood from a long pallet. The doorknob is a spare one we had. I simply screwed one side onto the door and called it done.

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    Now add one 6 year old chicken shepherd, and its all complete.

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    That's an extra 2x6 I'm using as a roost. The nesting box (an 8 nest box) will go on the wall to the left (to my son's right).

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    Here's the front of the coop. I'm thinking of adding some hinged plywood covers that will lift to add a modicum of safety at night. The chickens, on their first night, roosted right up against the wire, which made me very nervous. I'm going to have to change the roosting arrangements eventually.

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    And here's the side opposite the door. It might be a bit too open, but I have time to fix it as the summer arrives. Its been raining all day today, but since the coop is right under a row of trees, there's not a lot of rain getting in.

    And that's Shadowmane's Chicken Shack. The dimensions are 9x9 interior and 10x10 exterior. The roofing is vinyl corragated roofing from Lowe's. I'll add pictures of the pullets in their coop later.

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  1. darlene1
    First time I 've ever seen anything made from pallets, Thanks!! I can now do some copying!
  2. shadowmane
    We have since covered the back side and the side with the door with some cardboard. I do feel you on the predator thing. I'll be addressing that real soon.
  3. Stumpy
    Nice! I love to see things made out of pallets. What an adorable chicken shepherd you have. I'd be concerned about predators getting in, though, especially digging under.

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