Pallet Coop - Recycled Materials

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

  1. twostep

    twostep New Egg

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    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.

    Materials:
    -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.

    Details:
    -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.


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  2. twostep

    twostep New Egg

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  3. pdforme

    pdforme Just Hatched

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

    paintedChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is a really NICE build! Congratulations.

    Are those Russian Orloffs or Speckled Sussex?
     
  5. RUNuts

    RUNuts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     

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