Double wall coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Molnut, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Molnut

    Molnut Chirping

    Oct 1, 2015
    Port Angeles, WA
    Hello fellow coop builders,
    I am building a coop with 6x7 pallets and sheeti g the outside with recycled pieces of plywood. Because of all the slats and their potential to harbor mites I am thinking of building an inside wall as well to cover all these slats.
    One issue I can think of is that this double wall might be a great hiding place for other pests (ie rats).
    There is hardware cloth under the pallets and the double wall would be resting on it. I wpuld need to find a way to cover the to of the wall too (suggestions welcome ).
    What do you think?
    Thanks a bunch.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It will...rodents and insects.....mites too.
  3. Cryss

    Cryss Free Ranging

    Nov 12, 2017
    Northwest New Jersey
    Hmmm...what if you covered the pallets on the outside with hardware cloth including the top open space BEFORE sheeting the outside with plywood? Then just plywood the inside.
  4. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Hardware cloth is your friend.

    Make it solid hardware cloth the entire bottom and up the sides at least 2 feet. If you have lots of climbing pests such a squirrels, you might need to encase the entire building in hardware cloth.

    Yep, a pain, and super annoying... but so nice, especially if you also did the run in hardware cloth.
  5. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
    I would just leave the pallets showing on the inside, less places for things to hide.
  6. Molnut

    Molnut Chirping

    Oct 1, 2015
    Port Angeles, WA
    Thank you to all for your replies. I'll leave it as is and DE the inside.
    I have 3 feet wide hardware cloth all around the perimeters 9x14. 2' on the outside, 1' inside.
    I have another coop that doesn't have hardware cloth on the perimeter. I was lucky for 2 years. This year the rats found it! It's such a pain. They are such tenacious little buggers. Retrofitting this one with hardware cloth next.
    blackdog043 likes this.

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