Looks like we are using wooden pallets - any lessons learned to share?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dobela, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Dobela

    Dobela Chirping

    Feb 4, 2011
    It looks like wooden pallets will be how we at least frame up the coop. Since we have 25 chicks coming we are needing a larger building and the cost is growing faster than our budget. We have a source for free and nearly free pallets in good condition. For those who made coops with wooden pallets, I would love advice, warnings, hints, and so on. Doing a roof has me overwhelmed. I need at least a bit of an angle for rain and such to roll off. (Did I meantion I am a new builder too? [​IMG])

    We will cover the exterior with leftover wooden siding from a friend and will buy pressure treated wood for the foundation. The finished size needs to be at least 10x10, but I am aiming for 12x12 so I have storage room as well.

    Thanks so much!
  2. Moabite

    Moabite Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    Use a sawz-all to cut the nails at the seems. It is very tedious to carefully remove each nail with a prybar and you end up splitting the boards. A lot of pallets are made of oak, be sure to pre-drill before nailing or screwing it together. Scraps make great firewood. I just finished DW's cold frame made of junk pallets, looks like barn board, she is very happy!
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I think I recall something about the pallets that are painted on the ends have been treated with something that isn't good for animals and especially shouldn't be burned? I am not positive though.
  4. Dobela

    Dobela Chirping

    Feb 4, 2011
    I appreciate the advice so far. I don't have a sawzall but I will be getting one [​IMG]

    I don't think any of the ones we gathreed tonight have paint on the ends. I will watch for that in the future. We did find 2 crates that are a good 4ft by 4ft that I think we can convert to brooders with a little effort [​IMG]

    If we stack the pallets 2 high for the walls, do we need to do anything extra to give them strength or support? Or will the fact that they are nailed to each other on all 4 sides be enough? My husband was thinking about running a 2x4 between them for extra support and strength.
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Not sure of your location and whether or not snow is your winter decoration. If not save yourself the reading, otherwise read on. Snow loads can be very heavy. We are building a coop to:hmmr rather, when the snow melts off. Our biggest expense will be the PT floor supports and the 2x6 or 2x8 roofing for a 10' or 12' run. And the wall framing. Somewhere here on BTC is a story about a woman that built her coop entirely of pallets. Putting the runners end to end and then side supports to be the wall supports; then using the slats for siding. Maybe you can find the story--it had good pictures, too. Enjoy your chickens.[​IMG]
  6. Heluhelu

    Heluhelu In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    see my page- we used pallets to frame our coop (and we are NOT builders!!!)
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Quote:If such is so, it is not the case for all. I've seen some with painted ends, and some that look completely untouched.
  8. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I have seen some pretty great looking pallet coops on here! I am going to have to seriously think about building mine out of pallets--it may be the only way i get it done cheap.
  9. Knittycat

    Knittycat Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Bay City, TX
    I don't know how far along you are, but I thought I'd pass along a great tip. Sometimes lumber yards (especially locally owned ones) will put aside all their sub-standard lumber to sell really cheap. I got 2 treated 16 foot 2x4s for one dollar at my local Alamo Lumber. It's slow and you don't always get *exactly* what you are looking for, but it's CHEAP!
  10. TrystInn

    TrystInn Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Look for mold and termites. [​IMG]

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