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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mommysongbird, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Is there a forum on using recycled materials in raising chickens?

    Anything like waters, feeders, coops, etc.

    I am trying to recycle as much as possible since we are a 1 income homeschooling family and don't have a lot of cash to go into major projects.

    Will do some googling also to see what I can find.

  2. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    Theres alot of people on here that have made coops out of wooden pallets. Looks pretty good afterwards too. If you have any 5 gal buckets laying around you could use those to make a homemade feeder/waterer.
  3. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    I showed my hubby a few coops made with pallets and he complained that they are too hard to nail together. Maybe those people will see this post and let me know how they got them together. [​IMG]

    I am already thinking about the buckets for water and feed and small square buckets for nesting boxes. [​IMG]
  4. Young Heritage

    Young Heritage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2010
    Monterey TN
    If you take the pallets apart then it is just like nailing a regular board. Some people just use the pallets as the source of materials not as prebuilt panels [​IMG] Also watch craigslist and the free section. You can find free materials there as well. Another option is freecycle. I happen to use them both.
  5. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    Take the boards off the pallets. I would use screws instead of nails, it will hold up better.
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  7. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    Quote:Here is a pic of our pallet coop:


    Its made from pine pallets about 1-1/2" thick boards.You have to knock the boards off with a mallet.Then use screws,not nails!The coop is 8'x8'x7' high in a run of 12'x20'x7'high.I think I have the biggest pallet coop and run on BYC. [​IMG]

    The roof is 20 mil. used billboard vinly.The underside is a subway ad. We had a vinyl billboard going around it for winter with a spongebob ad. [​IMG]

    The front and right sides are now covered up to the 4' high fence with horizontal boards.There is a door to enter the coop in the back,and one to enter the run on the right side.

    Total cost = 100.00 max.
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    I used pallets for my coop here are some pictures of it going together I also used old shower doors for the part that keeps the coop and storage area apart. The door into the storage area is made with an old shower door and left over scraps of wood. I would make sure to spend money on good wire to protect the pen. I will get pictures of the coop finished this weekend. I did get the recycled flooring for the coop part it does not rot, no bug damage.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011
  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Awesome coops!! I'm impressed with people like you!
  10. emsdial911

    emsdial911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Look up "freecycle" it is a web site that has people that recycle EVREYTHING they don't want. It is broken down into areas or towns to make it easier for everyone to get things that are close. See if there is one in your town or towns around you. I get e-mails every day from 5 different towns that are around me. You can also post what you are looking for. For ex. if you are looking for palets someone may have some that they want to get rid of but didn't think of posting it themselves.

    Here is a small sample of things you'll find
    WANTED: Baby gate (Wheeling & Centennial, 47303)
    OFFER: Desk Wood (unassembled, damaged, missing screws) (Walnut & McGalliard 47303)
    TAKEN: Purse (Kilgore & Powers 47305)

    Good luck.

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