Pallet Coop - Recycled Materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by twostep, May 8, 2017.

  1. twostep

    twostep New Egg

    Apr 28, 2014
    Hello all! I have read quite a bit on this site but this is my first post. I just figured I would share my latest coop build. I wanted it big enough to house about 15 hens but I didn't want it to cost a fortune. So I decided to try and build one with as much recycled materials as I could.

    -Sled is made from (2) treated 2"x6"x8', (1) 4"x4"x'8. (These three boards are the only non-recycled materials.)
    -9 pallets + slats from several more pallets to fill the gaps.
    -Various untreated wood scraps.
    -3 truck bed liners (scavenged from a spray-in bed liners company's junk pile).
    -hinges and screws saved from demolishing various things.

    -Open bottom so there is no poop to scoop.
    -Minimal nest boxes (since they always lay in one box anyway)
    -Plenty of roost space
    -No wheels, sled type is less maintenance and since it will be moved with a garden tractor the ease of moving is not as critical.
    -No paint, again less maintenance plus the rustic look adds character. The outside is treated with a 50/50 solution of diesel and ATF. It makes for a good wood preservative that is cheap and easy to apply with a garden sprayer.
    -Two hen entries, in the chance that I put up some fence to keep the chickens confined I could actually make a run on each end of the coop and rotate the hens from one run to the other to allow the grass to grow.
    -Man entry door, egg collection door, auto-waterer, auto-feeder doors easy to access and located outside of the run.

    Let me log in through tapatalk to upload photos...
    pdforme likes this.
  2. twostep

    twostep New Egg

    Apr 28, 2014

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. pdforme

    pdforme Just Hatched

    Apr 10, 2017
    Nice, just finished my pallet coop, now working on run
  4. paintedChix

    paintedChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2013
    Wow, that is a really NICE build! Congratulations.

    Are those Russian Orloffs or Speckled Sussex?
  5. RUNuts

    RUNuts Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2017
    Eastern Houston
    Truck bed liner roof. I like that idea! Heavy plastic should last quite a while. Any way to make it into the contact point for the ground?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by