Chick House wall thickness.


12 Years
Feb 20, 2009
North Atlanta area, USA
I need to buy the outside sheathing/panels for the chick house. I was thinking of the paneling that is beaded but there are many choices like hardy plank panels and solid wood 1 by 6's.... etc. Also, what is the thickness that is predator "safe"? And I don't think I'll add an interior wall as I can just picture rodents getting in there to live.

Wise Woman

Apr 12, 2011
My Cottage
All of our coops have been that plywood siding with the grooves cut in. It works very well and we have had no problems with it. However, we are getting ready to build a new coop and we will be using the 1 x 6 fence boards. I am going to put them up on the inside of the coop as well, so we have solid walls that will be easier to clean. By doing interior and exterior walls, It will also allow me to add some insulation and the chickens won't be able to get at it. Plus I like the way they look!

Since my husband does our construction work and he isn't that experienced, I thought this would be easier for him. He gets very frustrated using those 4' x 8' sheets of plywood siding and having to cut out windows and doors and so forth. By using the fence boards, I am hoping he can frame everything out and then add the boards one by one and that way it will be easier to cut and fit them onto the coop. That's my plan anyway.


10 Years
Mar 1, 2009
Hunterdon County, NJ
Anything that is solid is predator safe. They look for gaps and weaknesses. I usually use the Smartside product (essentially t1-11) from Lowes. It's less than 1/2 an inch, but it protects and eliminates drafts. It's also a lot cheaper than plywood and MUCH cheaper then 1 x 6 siding.

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