Lumber for Coop ----- !!New Idea!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SarahFair, May 11, 2009.

  1. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Have you ever heard of using Railraod Ties?
    My dad works for NS and I know he got some years and years ago but I was going to check if he could again...If I could use them for a coop.

    Or what about these?
    Would it be to thin?
    Last edited: May 12, 2009
  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Not sure but i do know that chickens can have respiratory problems. Cross Ties have lots of chemicals to keep them from rotting. I would research the chemicals and the damage that they can do. Other than that i think they would do great. They would sure be predator proof. Good Luck
  3. lleighmay

    lleighmay Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    I agree with RendonRoo- I know the ties used to be soaked in creosote which I don't think is even environmentally legal anymore; not sure what they use now. I would not only worry about potential respiratory problems but also about the possibility they might peck at them and ingest chemicals that way. They certainly would be sturdy though.....
  4. Nivrocco

    Nivrocco Songster

    Mar 11, 2009
    S.W. VA
    I used railroad ties for the skids under my coop...
  5. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    We built our existing coop with railroad ties at the bottom, half buried with the wire wrapped around and buried all the way around.
  6. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    I would pass on the railroad ties. The other wood looks fine to build with.
  7. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Ok no railroad ties..
    The other wood I think hes advertised at .50 for 4!

    This could help the wallet!
  8. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    I have access to alot of bamboo
    what if I make them something like this
  9. Slywoody

    Slywoody Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    Quote:Cool, might be a little labor intensive, I'd do it.
  10. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Well I was watching this older guy on youtube splitting bamboo and it doesnt look too hard. All I have is time anyways [​IMG]

    Id work extra extra hard for and next to free coop [​IMG]

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