Anyone used wood pallets to make your coops?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JBarringerNC, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    I recently started building a small backyard coop, our chicks won't be old enough to move into a coop for a few months but I wanted to get the design correct for them in plenty of time.

    My coop is a work in progress, I started with 1 wooden pallet that I got at the local Lowe's and then I framed it using treated 2x4's and 2x2's as cross members.
    The roof has shingles that I got from Lowes at a heck of a deal, almost a full bundle for $7.00 that was more than enough for the gable style roof that I put on the coop.

    I should have drawn out a blueprint or design before starting the build, I am one of those measure once cut twice people. [​IMG]

    If you guys have used pallets can you post a few pics of them, i'd love to see what yours ended up looking like.


    ~Thanks
     
  2. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started my coop today 98% pallets mostly oak [​IMG]
     
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  3. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hard to tell from that pic but it is 2' off the ground 32"high in rear 43" high in front 4'x6'
     
  4. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    That looks really nice actually, I'm certainly not a carpenter and its starting to show with mine.
    I'm gonna put 10" Pnuematic tires on mine, so when its complete in the garage i'll be able to easily move it to the back yard.

    I'll post a few pics of mine later tonight, i'm heading back out to the garage and get some more work done on it.

    Thanks for quick reply.. Your coop blows mine out of the water, now i've atleast got some ideas of whats possible using pallets.
     
  5. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    My wife said yours is better.. [​IMG] LOL

    How many chickens are you planning on putting in it?
    And if you have any more pics can you post them to
     
  6. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ThanX tips I have is make your frame the size of pallet slates I had to cut everyone and stagger cause I didn't do that..,
    I'm going to get six not sure on breed cause I've never done this before but my wife wanted it for Christmas of chores it's support to be in the 20's tomorrow lol
    Good luck have fun also send a few pics as I go just started today
     
  7. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    It looks like you spent most of the day on it, I have been working on my little coop for like 2 weeks (off and on) now and I still haven't figured out
    exactly what I want it to look like (or how large its gonna end up).

    I'm about to go grab these pallets I just seen in a new neighborhoods trash bin down the road.. I've been having to pay $1 each for them at Lowe's.
    They only gave me 1 for free.
     
  8. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't stand lowes but that's me. Try your local paper office they get pallets daily also furniture stores have big pallets I wouldn't buy pallets I worked at a box store once and we where told not to give anything away just throw it away. We through away riding mowers ,fridges, windows u name it right in the crusher those things to me could of been donated to people that need them anyway
    Yeah it was a full day if u build your floor and bottom plate u can visualize what u want and it will just start to flow
     
  9. Gittx

    Gittx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my Pallet coup, just prior to paint and the run. To provide light, I used the plastic roofing material in front. I added wire mesh along the bottom to provide outside access until I got the fencing put up. Mine is three (4x4) pallets across and one pallet high.
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    Here's the back. I used 4x4 pallets for this coop, and since finishing this, I've built one small pallet coop, (4x4) for 2 chickens, and I'm in the process of building a 2 pallet coop. They sure go up easy and I use lots of cull lumber. The one I'm building now will cost under $50 and will be 18 sq ft.
    I'm building lots of smaller coops so I can keep the breeds of chickens separated, and the baby chicks will have a separate space.
     
  10. TexasJ

    TexasJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea on mine I'm going to close in under coop also and add a door so I can put the hens there while cleaning run and coop just thought it would be handy and no space lost also will seed it with grass so they will enjoy being there for awhile send pics when painted sure it will look good
     

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