Pallet coop...will plastic sheeting be enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kvmommy, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'm going to build a chicken coop out of and was thinking about lining it with the thick plastic vinyl sheeting that comes in rolls. That way the wind and water would be blocked, instead of using expensive plywood and to keep the light as much as possible. This would be only for the walls. I live in you think thats enough? I mean people use open front hen houses. So I need advice!
  2. mamagardener

    mamagardener Songster

    Is it something they can get to and peck holes in? Is it strong enough to keep out our cold in the Northeast?
  3. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    No its going to be between the slats. I don't know if its thick enough for the cold...but thats why I ask. I keep reading that chickens are fine from cold but not ok with drafts.
  4. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Songster

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    We put it around our run during the winter and it pretty much blocks all the wind. depending on how big the coop will be, and how many chickens. If it is a big coop, and not so many chickens, it might be too cold. If it a small coop and a good amount, it will probably be okay. Just a thought, in the summer, will it get hot enough that the plastic will start sweating? If it does, than all the wood will get wet. It also might raise the heat and humidity in the summer. It would be like sitting in one of those plastic greenhouses.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  5. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    How wide are the openings between the slats? You've also got to think about predators, and a plastic sheet isn't going to stop anything much.
  6. kvmommy

    kvmommy Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Good point guys. The slats aren't very big, but animals can sqeeze in pretty tight places. And I was thinking of winter, not summer. I imagine it'll be pretty humid in there...ok scratch that idea.
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  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    They certainly can peck holes in 6 mil plastic sheeting if they happen to take it into their heads, but IME generally don't. If they did, you could always replace it. Most pallets have slats too far apart to be particularly predatorproof though.

    namastemama, PLENTY of northerners use (and historically used) open-front coops, they just have to be large and designed right is all.

    I think the o.p. is probably right to shelve the idea of plastic sheeting for the actual coop though... there are too many ifs and ways to go wrong, especially for a pallet-constructed shed-type coop.


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