Coop from fence slats?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by spiffwilkie, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. spiffwilkie

    spiffwilkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our neighbor recently took down an old privacy fence and I grabbed a few sections since the boards were still in relatively good shape.
    I'm also in the planning stages for a new coop and I would like to keep the costs down to a minimum. I was considering using the fence for walls. I would take a saw to the sides to make them straight and I figured since the wood was already old and weathered, I wouldn't need to deal much with it warping. However, I'm afraid I would still get a lot of drafts, especially in the winter.
    Does anyone have experience building a coop from a wood fence? Should I bite the bullet and just buy sheets of wood for the walls? Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    do you have enough to do a board and batton sidding?
     
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What area do you live in. Does it snow? It doesn't snow here and I built an open coop for my hens and built it at the corner of my property so two walls are made from privacy fence. The rest is made from old pallets. It's not pretty but it works and they stay dry when it rains. Eventually I'm going to rebuild it so it is more eye pleasing (to me, 'cause I don't care what anyone else thinks)
     
  4. spiffwilkie

    spiffwilkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I had to look it up [​IMG] but I just might. I might be able to split some of the boards in two or three and use those to cover the cracks where the large boards connect. Good idea.
     
  5. spiffwilkie

    spiffwilkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm in Memphis, TN. We don't get much snow, but it does get very cold and windy in the winter. It also gets super hot and humid in the summer. I'm planning on making one wall removable so that I can take it off during the summer months.
     

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