Pallet for coop floor, how to keep out rodents

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Alaskan, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    If I don't want to wrap the pallet in hardware cloth, how else could I keep rodents out of the pallet?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Without 1/4" hardware cloth, or solid sheet metal, you WON'T "keep them out".
     
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    I didn't think so..... But I was hoping that there was something I wasn't thinking of.

    If I raised it high enough off the ground I guess.......

    But I wanted it on the ground, the bottom of a duck coop, to keep the ducks out of the muck.

    I also wanted to use only stuff from my junk piles.....I don't have any hardware cloth.
     
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  4. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fill all the gaps and edges with wood from another pallet.

    I thought a lot of duck enclosures were just 3 sided anyway, does it matter?
     
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop is a salvaged 4x8 metal shed.
    My floor are planks with a layer of tin for rodent proofing. On top of the tin I have a piece of vinyl flooring cut one foot longer than the length and width of my coop (roughly). Six inches squares are cut out of the 4 corners of the vinyl flooring. This allows the friction fitted flooring to travel up the walls six inches around the perimeter of my coop. Shovel out the heavy stuff into a wheel barrow. Pop out the vinyl flooring hose it off pop it back in.
    Easy Peasy!

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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Well, right now, with all the rain I am getting, and again in the spring when everything melts..... A couple of inches of standing water is probable.

    Hokum, I love your ideas, I have metal roofing in my junk piles... But I don't have any vinyl... Hummm

    I have lots of wood...but our tiny rodents really can squeeze themselves through the smallest spots. I don't think I am capable of keeping the rodents out.

    I am fine with the rodents coming in, I would just prefer if they were some place the ducks can see them, and so hopefully kill them.

    They shelters I have been using for them over this summer and fall have been fine, but I am trying to figure out how to house them over the winter and spring.....

    Maybe I will built a pallet coop on top of my garden cart. That will get them a little higher up(higher up is also good because of all of my snow).

    And the rodents inside the pallet walls....I just live with, I guess? Maybe it would be better to rip the pallets down to only one layer, no areas for rodents to hide.

    Yep....pull off second layer of boards on pallets, no rodents in walls.

    Thanks for the comments...... It helps me to think through my options.
     

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