New coop made from pallet wood for my DD's Silkies!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gumpsgirl, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My daughter wanted a coop of her own for her Silkies and bantams for her birthday. This entire coop was built from pallet wood! The only thing we purchased was the hardware, screws (you could get by with using nails), chicken wire, and stain. This coop could be built in any dimensions you want. Big or small. I also think I am going to go back and paint it red and white. I'm still trying decide. [​IMG]


    My daughter helping to take apart the pallets.
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    Floor
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    All done siding it in!
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    Front w/ pop door
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    Back of coop with entrance door. The rope is attached to the pop door and is on a pulley system that my husband designed so my daughter could open the pop door without having to go inside the coop.
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    Finished coop!
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    I still need to get pics of the finished run and will add them as soon as I can!
     
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  2. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!! That looked great! Any pics of the silkies, or do they still need to be bought?
     
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
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    I LOVE it! I was looking for coops made with old pallets - the feed store lets me have as many as I want, but I'm not very handy. Seeing your little girl helping gives me motivation!

    May be a stupid question...My pallets were nailed using a nail gun and when I rip them apart they have a lot of long, skinny, looks like staples. When I try to hammer them out, they just fold up, they're kinda soft. Tried to hammer them down, they didn't lie flat. What tips and tricks can you give me for de-nailing the pallet boards?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am seriously jealous of that coop. What an awesome gift!
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No question is ever a stupid question. All the pallets that we've every ripped apart have been stapled and nailed together with nail and staple guns. The best way to remove the nails is to get a cat claw tool and use a hammer with it. The soft, long, and skinny staples are a bit trickier but can still be removed! You need to gently tap the pointy side of the staple to where it lift the head of the staple up on the opposite side of the board then pull the staple out with some needle nose pliers. The tactic is tricky at first but after the first 5 or 6, you'll have it down pat. [​IMG]
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:She only has two. A rooster named Beaker (DH named him because he says he reminds him of the muppets [​IMG] ) and a hen named Princess (DD named her!). Here's a pic of Princess and DD from this past summer. [​IMG]
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  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Thank you MissP! I think it turned out pretty cute. [​IMG]
     
  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
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    She is a cutie!! And the coop is awesome also.
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Thanks a million! This little girl is my pride and joy, so to speak. I had 4 boys before I had her, so I'm loving having a little girly! [​IMG]
     
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  10. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a nice coop! I'd love to see pics of the inside sometime. And such a sweet girl. [​IMG]
     

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