Friday, April 19, 2013

The Pallet Chicken Coop

Learning from mistakes and moving to our own farm, this pallet coop has been rebuilt a few times.

The old coop


Early morning, beginning of the new coop.


Inside the new coop, little pallets for perching!


Lining the roof pallets with plastic for the weather.


Wheeeeeeeee!!


Check out the steps. 


The door serves two purposes
 It closes the chickens in at night hooking to the coop
It swings open, hooking to the fence in the day to close off the run.
This allows for easier cleaning and a free range exit! 


The same door, closing off the outside in the daytime, opening to the coop to the run.


Almost finished, storm rolling in! 


Eric putting the finishing touches on the coop/closure.


Finished, just need to fill in some side/bottom of roof gaps and wire.

Storm hit as soon as we cleaned up the tools and yard.


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Day 3
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The last step here, enclosing the coop with chicken wire.






The coop - secured with wire buried several inches in the ground.

 Alcatraz

The reason the run is enclosed around the sides with wire and not the top
 - so  young chicks won't go out of the side gaps of pallets.


Food grade buckets, re-used with poultry nipples.
          


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We moved into our permanent farm home. Here it is, rebuilt again!


Bailing twine really is a farmer's duct tape. I save every strand from bales of straw. The pallet run is wrapped in chicken wire. I cut some deer netting to cover the run and used bailing twine to weave it together


We also found a coop on the property and fixed it up, adding a pallet run:
Seriously the first few weeks we thought it was an old outhouse.
                                    
                                   It was buried in all of this!
          


 Nice and clean.




Pallet run:

        

Little chicken door in the bottom back of the coop
     
The last pallet there will be on hinges for cleaning the run.

Next step, enclose the top with wire...

Deer netting over the top, secured to chicken wire around pallet fence.








10 comments:

  1. This is great! It looks really secure and well built. Most people also forget that one good cockerel is worth his weight in gold. I caught one of mine attacking a large bird of prey recently, it had landed on the back of one of our fantail pigeons, which nests in his hen house. He saved the pigeon's life because I would not have got there quickly enough if he hadn't weighed in!

    How do I follow your blog? I don't see the widget anywhere? All the very best, Sue

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  2. I think I fixed it, thanks for pointing that out!

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  3. is it predator proof?
    I am thinking of building a pallet coop, and we have bobcats, raccoons, coyotes, owls, hawks, and all that stuff :)

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    1. Yes, the coop is absolutely predator proof. We have all of those too! The whole thing is wrapped in chicken wire that is buried several inches in the ground. Mine free range all day though, I take that chance to raise them healthy and natural I suppose. The rooster is a fierce protector. The run is for the daytime, but is fenced/wired high enough to keep little chicks in when I want to.

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  4. Did you use other posts to make the fence secure or just attach the pallets together?

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    1. I do have some posts and steel bars on the weakest parts, and the pallets secured to each other.

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  5. Hi there! I'm popping over from the Hen House Hop (hosted by Our Homestead on the Hillside). This is such a great post! It's awesome to see that an entire chicken coop can be constructed from reused pallets. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! We're working on another one now :)

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  6. Great lil coop! have you checked out backyardchickens.com? This would make a great example coop for those of us searching for ideas! Plus there are lots of others talkin about chickens on some of the forums :) Thanks for the ideas! We are in the midst of building our first coop (at a rental) with as many free materials as we can muster up and this helped get some ideas rolling! Happy Spring!!!

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