|DIY Upcycled Pallet Chicken Coop|
For our Community Garden over at the corral we wanted to get a few chickens, but since the project is entirely self financed funds are tight so we try to keep costs as low as possible. There were plenty of pallets in the corral so it made perfect sense to try our hand at making a coop out of pallets.
|Tricky and Tel making the pallet chicken coop|
Since all of the pallets over there were as old as the hills and no two pallets matched each other we had our work cut out for us to build the chicken coop, we practically had to dismantle and reassemble every pallet. I'm sure if you had newer pallets that were the same size and shape it would be a lot quicker and easier, we just had to adapt and adjust our design as we went along to accommodate for the poor materials!
|Putting the pallets back together to become the chicken coop base|
After we made a solid pallet base we built the frame of the chicken coop up from that, everyone pitched in to help get the coop built together as a family, the little ones are really looking forward to having chickens to look after!
|Aurora, Carly, Tricky and Tel building the chicken coop frame|
|Tricky, Aurora and Carly having fun in the sun|
Of course one of the problems with the sun always shining out here is that it has a tendency to photobomb us!
|Beautiful Smiley Faces|
By the end of the first afternoon the chicken coop was starting to take shape and looking a little less like a pile of pallets.
|Halfway through building the pallet chicken coop|
|Pallet Chicken Coop Frame with Nest Box|
We spent two afternoons building the chicken coop in total, not only did we adhere to the permaculture ethic of create no waste, but we actually built the coop out of entirely recycled materials. The roof material was rescued from the builders skip next door and even the hinges and latches were scavenged from old door frames on the firewood pile and given new life on the chicken coop. Our total build cost for the Pallet Chicken Coop was £3 for a box of screws.
|All timber, roofing sheets, hinges and latches are completely recycled materials|
All that is left for us to do now is really push the boat out and give the coop a lick of paint or whitewash.
|The Completed Chicken Coop Made Out Of Pallets|
I quite like the quirky mismatched hinges and handles on the tiny chicken door at the top of the ramp
|The finished Chicken Coop built out of pallets|
Even the roosting perches are zero cost as we repurposed some suitable lengths of firewood to do the job
|Roosting Perches inside the Pallet Chicken Coop|
|The nesting boxes are built for ease of use so you can check in on them and gather eggs from the outside without disturbing the rest of the coop.|
|Pallet Nesting Box|
|door of the nesting box on the pallet chicken coop|
And inside we have individual nesting boxes with a lip at the front to stop the eggs rolling out into the roosting area
|Internal nesting boxes of the Pallet Chicken Coop|
We can't wait to pick the chickens up this weekend and get them settled in to their pallet chicken coop :)