My pallet coop- so far

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ernndbrtt, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. ernndbrtt

    ernndbrtt Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is what I have gotten done so far on our pallet coop... I indeed got the idea from jjamerb, (https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=29322) THX! I got the pallets from my employer for free, I'm a truck driver so I have access to as many as I need... One thing I really wished I would have done though is followed jjamerb's advice about getting the same kind of pallets... A little more time in our pallet trailer at work would have saved me three fold the time during construction... Live and learn, I will heed that advice when I build my goat barn from the same materials this fall.... This is a 20 pallet coop @10 1/2' x 6'8". 3 pallets wide x 2 pallets deep. I have to cut the opening to the man door, cut the windows out, put shingles on the roof, build an awning over the front part of the coop and then the run, and the inside of the coop. All together I have @$150 in materials in this coop....



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  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    awesome! [​IMG] I think it's great when people use what they can get for free to make coops!
     
  3. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool. I love anything that is recycled, reused, re-purposed...and free rocks too! [​IMG]
     
  4. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I love it!
     
  6. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No doubt the pallet coop is an awesome choice for cheap material and quick construction. Yours looks great and I may do something similar with some pallets of mine. I know you probably want to add some ventilation areas/panels near the top of the structure as these are paramount to the "livability" for the birds. Keeps the ammonia from getting too concentrated and gives water and heat a way to escape. Very nice and very simple!! I also love the shady area you put it in. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  7. lynn1961

    lynn1961 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is GREAT. What a wonderful way to recycle.
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  8. FiascoFarmer

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    Just have to say.... AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!
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    As an avid "recycled materials" freak, I love this! I acquire discarded but still serviceable materials all the time. Sometimes used in their original state... Sometimes re-purposed. I was not always like this. I used to go to HD or Lowes and buy all new and burn any used or discarded stuff, but as my families economy gets worse with the US economy I started my now crazed use or re-purposed materials!

    Simply AWESOME!!
     
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  9. ernndbrtt

    ernndbrtt Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the kudos everyone!!

    As for air flow into and out of the coop, there is space at the top near the roof on the front and back that will only be screened in and there will be two windows, a chicken door and a human door that I will make a screen door for in the summer or just leave it open as the run will surround the coop and there will be deer netting over the top.

    Today I bulit an awning over the front side and got all the tar paper and shingles on.. Luckily for me, I found 4 different kinds of batches of shingles in my garage from previous to us roofing jobs.... They all sort of matched, from about 10 feet my wife couldn't tell the difference;)
     
  10. FiascoFarmer

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    Nice! Keep us updated with pictures too. [​IMG]
     

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