Sweetchickss Chicken Coop

By sweetchicks · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. sweetchicks
    "The Chilton"

    This is how our coop came about. We have two boys 11 and 7, our oldest son joined the 4-H Club at his school. He selected the Poultry project, two years in a row, no chickens 1st yr.. I put off ordering the chicks for over a year! After being asked over and over "When are we getting the chicks?", we ordered 25 from McMurray Hatchery and got a free exotic chick. Now proud owners of 16 Black Australorps, 9 Red Leghorns and 1 Black Crested White Polish. Oh, after the coop was complete that brooder box was so lonley so we added 5 Ameraucanas. And well the rest is history...we fell in love with our birds and started searching the Internet for chicken coops. Of course we found BYC and could not stay away from this site. Like stated this site is ADDICTING! I seen a coop design that was made out of pallets and we said if they can do it we can too. We began searching for pallets on craigslist and found a company that had plenty of them and they were pretty big. So we made 3 loads on the trailer, nail pulling began and lasted about 2 1/2 weeks! Whew that was some serious work!! No one said it was going to be easy. But very cost effective.


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    Day in and day out finally pallets turned into boards.................................
    First we decided on a location that would be shaded in the summer and sunny in the colder months. We live in South Louisiana so it doesn't get that cold here. Husband dug 6 holes for post to be concreted in. Then layed out floor joist and secured with lag bolts. Next we put the floor on.

    Construction begins...[​IMG]
    [​IMG] We are framing the walls!
    [​IMG] Rafters [​IMG]
    [​IMG] Putting the 1x4's on, getting closer!

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    Hubby nailing the board for the eave. Oh, wait they need 2 windows in the front!
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    We secured chicken wire on the windows & trimmed
    them out with 1x4's. Using the cut out boards for the
    window cover.
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    Our oldest son helping out with the ridge cap.

    [​IMG] Front[​IMG] Back

    [​IMG] Egg nest [​IMG] Roost[​IMG] Brooder box with hinged door on top and and pop door for youth run we are getting ready to complete.

    Here are a few pictures of the kids enjoying the chicks. We just love every minute of this.
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    [​IMG] Run [​IMG]10 weeks

    As soon as hubby has time off from work we have an old refrigerator and sink we plan to put in the coop.
    Things I would like to do in the future is put a pan under the roost to catch droppings, add a few windows to the back for more ventilation. One day soon we hope to paint the coop barn red with brown trim.
    We didn't have any plans for the coop we just went with what came to mind and with the resources we had.
    We constructed our coop from recycled pallets and other supplies given to us, not much was bought. All of our 2x4's framing boards came from the pallets also.
    Here is a list of what we used:
    2x4's for framing
    1x4's for roof
    12 ~ 2x10x16 for floor joist leftover concrete form boards from Husbands work
    18 ~ 2x6x16 form concrete form boards
    6 ~ Tongue and groove sheets of OSB for the floor, we later plan to use a deep litter method $80.00
    Pallet boards for the exterior walls, front door,front windows and the planter boxes.
    6 bags of quick crete $18.00
    20 Lag bolts to secure the floor joist to the post in ground $16.00
    Nail gun for securing all exterior boards
    Deck pans someone gave us for the roof
    2 recycled windows for ventilation
    1 door donated
    1 box of Wood screws with washers for screwing deck pans to rafters $8.00
    1 box of Lap screw with washers for scewing the Laps on roof $8.00
    Poultry mesh to cover run, screens for windows, brooder box and ventilation holes inside the coop. $96.00
    12 Hinges and 6 latches $72.00
    7-10x6 dog fence panels that we had and stretched chicken wire across the top of run.
    1 ~ Ridge Cap $ 20.00
    Grand Total $222.00

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Recent User Reviews

  1. casportpony
    "Nice coop!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 9, 2018
    Great use of materials.
  2. 21hens-incharge
    "Nice coop!"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 3, 2018
    Now THAT'S how to use pallets! Nice job. Would love to have seen a few more pics of the framing.
    casportpony likes this.
  3. Cyprus
    "Stunning and fantastically built!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Wow, this coop is breathtakingly beautiful! Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also extremely well built and contains the necessities of a good coop. There is more than the adequate floor space and ventilation. Your nestbox layout is very well done. Perhaps the best feature is the brooder inside of the coop. Such a wonderful addition and a good way to integrate new birds into your existing flock. Again, amazing!
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  1. DoeAndGander
    Being this was built 6 years ago, any updates sweetchicks?!
  2. chickadoodles
    Very nice coop and run! Looks like the kids are loving having the birds.
  3. Shabana
    Congratulations !! Your coop looks wonderful and nice and safe too. Best wishes to you all
  4. magdalene74
    We thought about that, and it looks awesome... my worry is that the reason we decided against it is that hubby has seen palate builds that crumble in a few years because of something about the wood... I will be happy to see your tenth anniversary post proving him wrong :)
  5. Sswanee48
    The coop is beautiful, you guys did a great job! Looks brand new. Also your chickens are real pretty. Love the white crested polish.
  6. PeacefulWalls
    Did you end up with any gaps or cracks between the boards? Wondered if you have any problem with rain blowing in anywhere -- we're thinking about doing this for a shed & need it waterproof!
  7. jchny2000
    Lovely coop!
  8. Bogtown Chick
    This is great. A coop that size for $222! You done good!
  9. wrenfri
    Nice you inspire me to build. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Mellow1
    Beautiful job using pallets....interior nicely done as well. Cute pic of your son and the polish :)
  11. FarmerMac
    This is an awesome coop, great way to use pallets.
  12. Acornewell
    I love it! This is inspiration for the coop we plan to build. The "Cochin Cottage" Thanks for sharing!
  13. RezChamp
    It always amazes me what can be done by/with recycling. It also always amazes me what good ole elbow grease can/does accomplish. Kudos to you and fam. Gorgeous coop. Love the look.
    I also appreciate the family project aspect. Again, kudos
  14. N F C
    Nice job! I like how you used so many recycled items. We do that with our projects too and it really saves a bundle. Enjoy your birds!
  15. REDJN2
    That is a great looking coop! I love the look of the 1X4's on the exterior.
  16. Clucked Up
    I am very proud of your family! Good job!
  17. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  18. sweetchicks
    Finished Size is 12x16
  19. Stumpy
  20. michelleml
    ditto what size is the coo?
  21. rancherdeb
    what size is you finished coop?
  22. jubjub223
  23. auto5man
    Awesome Coop!! Especially considering the small amount of money spent. I love to see nice coops built out of recycled materials like pallets (building one myself)

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