Once again, I’m amazed at how clever and creative some chicken keepers are when it comes to constructing their coops. I especially appreciate the coops that repurpose and recycle materials. I’ve about decided that with a little imagination (and some basic building skills) you can make a coop out of about anything!
This week as I was admiring creative coops on Community Chickens’ Pinterest board, I came across a unique coop constructed out of recycled wooden pallets! With the permission of the chicken keeper herself, Shannon Duffy, I thought I’d share this coop with the Community Chicken readers!
“Happy Chickens!” Shannon writes. “They finally have a place to call their own.” It took about three (half) days to construct the coop, including one rainy day (which prevented taking any photos during that round of work).
The project cost $245, according to Shannon. “It’s completely made from pallets and recycled wood from an old building and playground,” she notes. The linoleum flooring was given to her by a friend, and the paint was a mis-tint from Lowe’s that cost $5. On the inside, she made the perch ladder with material found at her husband’s golf course. A door at one end opens for raking the bedding and cleaning … and egg collecting!
You think it looks too big? Well, Shannon writes, they have four chickens, and two are silkie bantams, “so they have plenty of room and we can add about two more chickens to the flock! We have added the nesting boxes made from milk crates and the food and water. Whatcha’ think?”
Shannon, I think everyone would agree: Your coop is awesome! Thanks for sharing it with our community of chicken fanatics.
To view what else is happening at our Southwest Missouri property visit: the garden-roof coop