Free DIY Chicken Coop
By The Homestead Redhead | Apr 11, 2013
With the chicks growing faster every day, we are in need of another coop. Currently Solstice and Princess are living with the pigs and they typically bunker down in the pig houses for the night. I wanted to make sure that when the chicks are moved to the pen, there is a coop that provides everything they need.
I definitely didn’t want to buy one, so I looked around at what we had available here on the homestead. Luckily for us, we had plenty of pallets that were waiting patiently to be repurposed.
I used three pallets to make a three sided structure and secured with wood screws.
After the sides were secured, I found some sticks in the woods that would serve as their roosts. I positioned them at different heights and secured in with a few wood screws.
We had some scrap metal roofing laying around, so I decided to put it to good use and used a few pieces as a roof. I secured to the pallets with roofing nails.
I also added our black nesting boxes from the girl’s coop and attached them with screws to the sides.
Overall this project only took a few hours and I didn’t have to purchase anything. If you don’t have any extra materials laying around, check on Craigslist in the free section for any materials you could put to use in this project. I resisted decorating and making it cute so it would continue to not cost anything!
This coop does not have any security features since it is behind a cattle fencing pen and electric fence. Make sure to include security features if your coop is going to be out in the open. Security is absolutely essential for the survival of your flock.
I am pleased at the results and had a lot of fun designing it and putting it together!
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