4X8 pallet

Discussion in 'Coops, Runs and Housing' started by crossbonesdennis, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. crossbonesdennis

    crossbonesdennis New Member

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    I built a coop. It started as a 4x8 pallet. I put it up on legs to get the floor about 36" off the ground. That way I can pull a wheelbarrow right up to it to clean it out.
    I painted the floor with some really ugly green paint but it was free.
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    It's usable but there are a few things I still need to do.
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    The entire back wall is hinged.
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    Here's the hole they use to get to the bottom.
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    I mounted trailer jacks on both sides. You can crank them up and move the coop.
     
  2. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    Good job, looks like it works well.
     

  3. orna

    orna New Member

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    Well done!

    Hey - free paint is always my favorite color! :D
     
  4. trey1432

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  5. crossbonesdennis

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    Thanks everybody!

    I worked on their run today. It started out as 2 cattle panels. I covered them in chicken wire. I zip tied one end together. I would make a big eye shape with it and let them run around itside.

    Today, I added a 8' plastic pipe to keep it open wider. I notched both ends an slid it over the cattle panel down low so the girls could roost on it if they chose.
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    I then used an old door off a dog kennel and some plastic pipe to rig up a door for the run. Here's my stepson working on the door.

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    We cut the end of the pen apart and added the gate. You can see Poop Stain inspecting the work. :D

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    I bought 2 10' schedule 40 pipes 1/2" in size and a cross connector. I cut the pipes in half and made a big "X". I drilled holes in the ends and used zip ties to attach them to the top of the pen.

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    I zip tied a couple of tarps over the top for now.

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    Now they can be outside without me worrying the will fly out of the pen and be a meal for our dogs. It will be a whole lot easier getting into the pen also.
     
  6. TajMaCluckCoop

    TajMaCluckCoop Not so Junior-Junior Member

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    Nice job. I love seeing what handy people come up with. We are not so handy here :(


    ~Kimberly
     
  7. cathiesue

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    You can see Poop Stain inspecting the work. [/B

    Love the big eye run, going to steal this idea, but I have to ask...Poop Stain? What's the story with the name? I can't l stop snickering!
     
  8. crossbonesdennis

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    Not so much handy as just being tight, lol. I already had the chicken wire, tarps and dog kennel door.. The cattle panels are about $18 each. The 2 10' pipes, cross fitting and 5 hose clamps (to attach the the gate to the pen) were about $15.
     
  9. crossbonesdennis

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    I asked my stepson if I tagged him on Facebook and said something about Poop Stain, would people know I was talking about the chicken and not him?:D

    She had a pasty butt when she was little. My wife thought it was hilarious that I'd be in the garage with a cup of warm water soaking a chick's butt. It took a while before it cleared up. So that's when she earned her name. The really funny thing about it is now she has a couple black feathers on her bottom.

    My wife says we don't have to worry about anybody eating her "Who would want to eat a chicken named Poop Stain"?
     
  10. trey1432

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    Wow! That looks great! Everyday I keep saying I'm going to make my planned improvements - hasn't happened. Great job!
     
  11. Apyl

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  12. cogburn

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    Very nice !! Great job !!
     
  13. laxbro

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  14. crossbonesdennis

    crossbonesdennis New Member

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    Thanks everybody! I'm still not 100% happy with it. I have a few changes in mind. When it drops below 100, I'll start working on it again.