show me your pallet coops!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by urbanfarmette, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. urbanfarmette

    urbanfarmette Out Of The Brooder

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    i'm thinking of using shipping crates (not solid walled ones--they are made of boards similar to pallets but larger--4x8--with sides) or pallets to make a 4x4ft coop and 4x4ft run. any insight for me? if you have a pallet coop could you post pictures?

    a couple of questions/concerns:

    1. won't there be gaps btwn the pallet boards? would i then have to side the coop to keep it from being drafty? would vinyl siding negate the cost saved by using pallets?

    2. with gaps btwn the boards do i have to worry more about mites?

    3. would i still have to purchase 2x4s to frame the coop or can the pallet boards be used for this too?

    4. my mom's boyfriend who is helping me build the coop was concerned that the wood could come from china and have toxic chemicals in it that would be harmful to the birds. any thoughts?

    5. will the coop hold up or will the cheap wood mean replacing it in a year or two?

    basically i'm wondering if a pallet coop is worth it in the long run.

    thanks for any help!

    here's some links to others' pallet coops i found on BYC:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=16313-pallet-coop (ours would be much smaller. the pallets, plywood, and siding on the walls seems like overkill for our purposes. we don't have plywood or siding to recycle so that would be added cost for us)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=23574-maran-pallet-coop (this design wouldn't work since we have cold winters--ours needs to have ventilation but not be too drafty and have fully walled sides)
     
  2. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    Here is a link to my pallet coop, we used pallets, old shower doors, left over plywood, and a old wooden toybox. It was a simple coop. We do have cold winters here I hope this helps We did but new board for the floor boards. and used recycled plastic flooring for the coop because it won't rot. If you want to see pictures of the work in progress let me know I have those photos also.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=477934
     
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  3. urbanfarmette

    urbanfarmette Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a link to my pallet coop, we used pallets, old shower doors, left over plywood, and a old wooden toybox. It was a simple coop. We do have cold winters here I hope this helps We did but new board for the floor boards. and used recycled plastic flooring for the coop because it won't rot. If you want to see pictures of the work in progress let me know I have those photos also.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=477934

    what do you mean by plastic flooring? i am hoping to use something durable for flooring as well.​
     
  4. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    Quote:what do you mean by plastic flooring? i am hoping to use something durable for flooring as well.

    I got it at lowes its made from wood pulp and recycled plastic bottles. It won't rot bugs won't eat it here a picture of it the gray/blue flooring
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  5. urbanfarmette

    urbanfarmette Out Of The Brooder

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    I got it at lowes its made from wood pulp and recycled plastic bottles. It won't rot bugs won't eat it here a picture of it the gray/blue flooring

    is it normally used for decks?​
     
  6. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Thats what I was thinking too.. isnt that.. deck flooring.. like trex..etc

    awesome idea though

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