Help needed for a new pallet coop.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by elmacri, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone.

    I have been lucky enough to be able to get quite a few pallets and am wanting to build a new coop with them so i can increase my brood.

    Problem is i am not really a very good carpenter and would like some help in order to make the structure stable.
    I have seen photos on here before of coops that are made from two pallets high and two wide. I think that should be about right for me.
    However where should i brace and does anyone know of any good links on here to see other pens from pallets, or step by step instruction ( for first time builders)
    Thanks everyone. I will post pictures too when i finally get to make it.
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some pictures of a pallet coop construction.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/gallery/image/view/id/4951556/album/6171015

    It looks like they used plywood to cover the walls. You can use tar paper and roofing shingles. If you have enough pallets you can use the boards to cover the outside.

    The shed roof seems to be a good way of doing it. The angle of the roof allows the rain to run off the roof.

    Good luck with it.
     
  3. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Bullitt,

    That looks just what i was looking for. Might just change the roof as would like to use pallets as well if poss. Also might tounge and grove the outside as thats cheaper hear in Spain. I think Spain must be the most expensive country in the world for wood. lol Thanks god for pallets !!!
     
  4. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, lumber prices keep increasing, so lumber is not cheap in the United States either.

    Try to find all the free materials you can. Is there a local Craigslist section, or maybe another website that allows people to give away items or sell them cheaply? Try to get all the free materials you can.

    I have even seen pictures of people building houses with pallets. The pallets work really well to build a shed or a chicken coop.

    What type of chickens do you have or do you plan to get? I know there are several breeds from Spain.
     
  5. elmacri

    elmacri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, i am trying to do everything for as cheap as possible. I managed to pick up some corrugated metal the other day for the roof. I have chickens already......plus ducks, geese, turkeys and rabbits. We use to have quails too but sadly the cats next door took a liking to them. Although they were in big closed pens we worked out the cats were sat stalking them from the outside. When they got too near to the side the cats would swipe at them with there paw through the wire and bite their heads off. It was gross, we couldnĀ“t understand what was eating them until there was only 2 left :-(
    On a more cheery note here are some photos to cheer us up of some of our pets.



    ah.....ok, it seems i cannot load any photos tonight. Its saying there is a problem uploading again. SORRY [​IMG] I will try again later see if that helps.
     

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