Grit Blogs > Modern Roots

Baby Chick Pallet Pen

Chicken Pallet Pen

I have 30 chicks coming by mail in one week and I figured I would just find a livestock water tank or maybe a large cardboard box to house them in while little. The problem was the livestock tanks used (and very used) were still quite expensive and the cardboard box was pretty flimsy and not re-usable. So, my lovely husband offered up the idea to use some of the free pallets that we have been getting for the past two weekends and make our own re-usable baby chick (poultry) pen. Yea! Great idea. Fortunately for me, he loves to build stuff! Yes, Kristopher, you love to build stuff...all summer long :) The size is 2'8" X 4'4" X 2'8". It is pretty light as well so I can move it around easily. I will put a strip of cardboard in the middle while my 30 chicks need the extra warmth and after a week or two will open it all up to them. The cost of my pallet pen was $20 for screws (which I now have tons of screws let for more projects). Check out the pics below to see the process!

*Note- I can re-use this as a large planter or compost bin.

 Cutting the nails off the pallets with a sawzall

Stack of pallet planks

   resided with planks tightly together to reduce drafts and escapies

Using the center pieces of the pallet as a floor base to attach the pallet planks

Screwing down the pallet planks to make a floor

 Putting the pallet planks on the sides

  Chicken Pallet Pen

Inside ready for baby chicks   

Head on over to for more projects as I build up our homestead! 'Like' on facebook at!/