I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about our first time experience with chicks (here). We built a fairly simple and inexpensive chick brooder and it’s still working. Now, I’m going to show you the process to build the most amazing chicken coop and run, using pallets (well, to me it’s the most amazing one I’ve seen).
We didn’t spend much money as we tried to use a lot of recycled and free materials. If you have some basic tools, you can do this as well! For this process, Craiglist was our best friend. It took us a few weeks to gather all the materials we needed but we got lots of free pallets, free insulation, free shingles and a few other free pieces of wood. And we used these items to build it. My husband is amazing, he really showed his dedication and patience while working on this project. Me, not so much. But I’m glad it’s all finished now. And I have to give a shout to our families, they all helped from each side on multiple weekends and I know we couldn’t have done it without them.
If you don’t have tools, you can borrow them from family or friends. Or if you know you’ll be using them in the future, purchase the basic ones (such as a saw). We had to buy nails and screws, and plywood for the roof and the inside walls. There weren’t enough pallets at the time to complete this part, and it was a lot easier to do it this way; we used 6 plywoods in total.
And we also bought poultry netting for the run, and 3 roof panels for part of it since we wanted some shade and protection from the rain for the chickens. I didn’t keep track as I wanted to but I’m sure it was less than $200.00 on everything we bought to build this. The netting was the most expensive though, we just couldn’t find any for free. So it took little money but a lot of time and hard work to build our awesome chicken coop.
I’m going to share a vide with images of the process and hopefully you can get the idea on how to build something similar. Our coop is 8′ x 4′. I read about the space the chickens need and most sources said they need between 2 to 4 square feet to be comfortable. Our chicken coop is 32 square feet and it gives them over 2 square feet each (we have 12 chickens). And we also have a chicken run and it’s about 16′ x 7′. At first, I thought we could train the chickens to come out to the yard to roam on the open space but we have spotted a hawk flying around. They’ll probably be safer if they stay inside (at least for now).
There are a lot of pictures so we’ve decided to put together a video slideshow. I hope you enjoy watching the pictures and I hope it can give you some idea to build your own:
So there you have it, the completed chicken coop and run. This is the most extensive DIY that we have done to date. It is an amazing feeling knowing we did this, with our own hands. And that we didn’t have to spend too much money. A setup like this is very pricey out in the market place. It does take a lot of effort and time, but it is totally worth it.