How to build a pallet coop

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Here is how we built a pallet coop for our ducks, I had picked some up that were left over at the farmers union and they were getting big, and I needed to move them into something a little bigger. I had a pile of pallets laying around and decided to use them.

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So I grabbed several and dragged them down to the pond

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I noticed one of the pallets had a cracked board, and I thought to myself, self, that would make a great doorway

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so I grabbed my circular saw and trimmed off the broken board

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I stood it up on the base pallet and screwed it down

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I took another pallet and stood it up on end on the outside of the base and the front wall and screwed it into the base and the edge

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and did the same on the other side

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I then stood up a pallet in the back and screwed it down into the base and the sides

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I needed access for feeding them and such, so I used my saw and cut a access hole into the back

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I had a scrap piece of osb from when we built the barn

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So I grabbed my redneck straight edge (grade stake) and marked out the height and width of the opening

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I hung a hinge on top

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and used a simple eye latch on the bottom to keep it shut

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looks good

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as you can see the width and height are different on the pallets, so the tops aren’t level. no worries

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I grabbed some 2×4’s I had

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and cut 3 at 57.5 inches and 4 12 inch sections

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I screwed one long one across the back

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and framed out a little stub wall

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and screwed that down across the front

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now I had to figure out a roof, so I was roaming around the property and saw the pig pen

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since the pigs are now residing in the barn, they don’t need the roof anymore, so 5 minutes later

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and I reused the screws and screwed the roofing down

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it’s starting to look like something

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next I needed to build a run, so I started walking around looking for something, when I noticed my raised beds, I don’t need the hoop houses right now

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so I ripped out several sections of pvc

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and went and shoved the pvc into the ground every so feet to create a tunnel down to the pond

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I grabbed some chicken wire I had

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and started wrapping the pvc, I used zip ties to attach the wire

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I had some company watching me, I hope the wild ones aren’t going to be a issue

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I extended it about 3 feet into the pond so the ducklings can play in the water

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and wrapped the outside with wire as well

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I’m going to break some pallets apart tomorrow and cover the gaps and paint

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I’m pretty happy with it

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we filled it with straw and put their food and a water dish in there and their light in case they need some warmth and moved them into their new home

shh, their sleeping

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