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Using pallets for the floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cgjsmith, May 11, 2009.

  1. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    I'm thinking about using pallets on the floor them putting either osb or maybe even just some really thick lanolim down, has anyone done this? I would put it in a pole style coop, not build on top of it. I just thought something to have them up off the ground a bit would be nice. Anythoughts? Crystal

  2. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    Sounds like a great place for rats to set up housekeeping...
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:If you put pallets on the ground under flooring they will not last long -- I would give them between 1 and 3 yrs depending on pallet type. Also they will be a vermin farm.

    I'd suggest real floor joists. They're no harder to do in a pole-built structure than in anything else -- arguably easier, because you can level them quite easily.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. I would not do it pallets for walls okay. Pallets for floor mouse/ rat den.
  5. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Someone else did this recently.. I can't recall who, but the whole floor of the coop was pallets covered with plywood.. And it was HUGE.

    I'll see if I can dig up the post and edit to link it.


    Coop made OF pallets.

    Extention made of pallets.

    Pallet building modified into a coop.

    Pallet town.


    I can not find it..

    I WISH I could, but I can't seem to locate it with this persnikety search engine.

    It was rather befuddling.. It was something like 5-8 pallets wide and 10-15 deep... Oh well.. I'm sure someone may have better luck finding it than I did.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  6. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    When DH and my son built our duck coops they used pallets for the floors. They didnt use plywood on top they filled in the openings with other pierces of pallet. There are very narrow slits betweens the boards. It makes it very easy to clean as we hose out the duck houses daily. The water goes through the floor boards. They have been in use for 3 years now and we have not had a rat or mouse problem at all. They are currently building a growout coop for our RIR's and they are using pallets for the walls as well.
  7. Poultra

    Poultra In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    I'm using pallets for the floor base in my current coop build. I've got them up on 2x6 pressure treated boards for skids and then I put OSB on top of the pallets and vinyl on top of that. Sturdy floor. And I think there's plenty of clearance underneath to keep critters from being a problem. I plan on posting it on it's own thread when finished but here's a preview if you need to see something now:

  8. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    What size board are you using for your skid poultra? Thanks Crystal
  9. Poultra

    Poultra In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Those three pallets are sitting on 2"x6"x12' PT skids. I could have done 10 footers but the pallets would have hung over the edge a little. In hind sight, I would have not centered them on the 12 footers, I would have them go up to the edge on one end and built a little storage cubby on top of the protruding skids on the other end. Oh, well. Anywho, I attached them to the skids with angle brackets which are visible in the photo. I also did some extra bracing with some 2x4 lengths, which you can also see, under the pallets in between the skids. The bottom corners of the skids are cut off in case I ever need to move/drag the coop somewhere else someday (and it's a pretty good bet that will be the case).

    Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

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