What type of Wood for exterior walls?

GAchickennewbie

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I want to enclose the kennel on 3 sides. However, I have ZERO carpentry experience. The kennel is 5' x 5' x 4'

What type of wood do you use for exterior walls? I don't mind if I have to weather-treat it, just need it to not disintegrate the first time we get rain.

I'm having a heck of a time figuring out the right materials.
 

chfite

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If cost were no object, Hardie Board would be excellent. It is made of concrete, and will last practically forever. Next would be traditional siding such as T1-11. Next would be exterior plywood. All will need to be painted. OSB covered with vinyl siding would be durable as well. Considering that this is a chicken coop might temper this thought to something cheap. After all, how long does it need to last?

Chris
 

GAchickennewbie

Songster
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Apr 2, 2014
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Northeast GA
Thank you Chris. It's a temporary coop for the chicks. We will be building a larger coop around the end of summer when they are bigger for all 6 hens to be in.

I want the chicks to be able to grow up in a coop safely until everyone can be together. By the time these girls are around 6 months old (they'll be 6 weeks on Monday), we'll be making the supersized coop. They'll have all that time to investigate and slowly integrate free-range time for everyone together. It'll decrease the introduction drama (I hope) and they can live like chickens should:)
 
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