Are you looking for a way to protect your chickens and keep them safe from predators and the weather? Learning how to build a pallet chicken coop can get you a nice, safe home for your chickens and be kind to the environment at the same time.
Pallets are often discarded by stores and can be claimed and recycled for a number of different uses. Using this reclaimed wood to build a chicken coop is one of the more popular practices. The slats are a good length and are already cut and smoothed. All it takes is several pallets, nails or screws, and some elbow grease to create the perfect haven for your hens.
It is a good idea to design your chicken coop before trying to find materials. You probably want to ensure it is spacious enough for several nesting boxes and for your chickens to roam around a bit if they need to stay inside. It is a good rule of thumb to have one nesting box for each 1 1/2 hens so there is little competition when they start laying eggs. It is also a good idea to design the outdoor pen at the same time you are designing the chicken coop. This allows you to account for additional fencing and overhead materials.
Don’t forget to add a small door that can drop close at the end of the day to prevent predators from getting into the chicken house. You should also add a ramp for the chickens to walk down to get to their outdoor pen.
Once you have your coop design, you can start looking for materials. You may have to purchase screws, nails, and netting, but you should be able to find enough pallets for wood. Be sure and check to ensure the pallets are not chemically treated. You want your wood to be safe for your chickens, especially in the enclosed spaces of the coop.
Position your coop in an area large enough to accommodate both the coop and the open pen. You will next break down all the pallets so you have individual boards to use for the building. You can make your coop any shape you want, but the most popular and the easiest is to just make it a square or a rectangle.
It is also a good idea to get the coop up off the ground to make it harder for predators to invade the coop. You could use concrete blocks to raise the floor of the coop or build stilts for the coop to rest on. You will next build the floor and can make the floor the length of each pallet board so you don’t have to do any extra cutting.
Once the floor is in, create the walls by attaching pallet boards to the floor. This is usually best done with screws to ensure they are sturdy and safe. Follow with the roof and then the outdoor pen. You should use chicken wire on the pen walls and above the yard to prevent the chickens from flying out and to keep predators from getting in.
Learning how to build a pallet chicken coop will help you create a safe home for your chickens. This is also environmentally friendly and a great way to save on material costs.