Heather’s Chicken Coop Made from Recycled Wood Pallets

DIY Chicken coop designs recycled wood pallets

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recycled wood pallet chicken coop

Check out this DIY chicken coop my buddy Heather from Massachusetts built ALL BY HERSELF! You go girl!

Here is what Heather had to say: 

The internet says building a chicken coop is a “weekend project”. And, well, we all know everything on the internet is true. Unless, of course; you’ve never built anything on your own – ever. And you don’t have a plan – except using free pallets. (side note: did you know that pallets are neither the same size or level, in any stretch of the imagination?) This “weekend-chicken-coop-project” took me the better part of 8 weeks.

build a chicken coop from old wood pallets

PS: Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t included my husband in this little story. Well, when type-A husband begins every sentence with “ya know you’re suppose to…” well, type-A wife (me) fires type-A husband from the project in an effort to preserve marriage. 😉

children with chickens

We have four 10 week old chickens: two Rhode Island Reds and two Black Sexlinks. Both breeds are cold weather hardy. My kids named them Agnes, Roadrunner, Gold-finger (one of the Black Sexlink has one gold finger/toe) and Runt.

wood pallet chicken coop

I began with the used windows I got from a friend and the pallets, then worked from there. I tried to use or re-use things I had around the yard or recycle as much as I could. The nesting boxes are milk crates that I’ve cut the sides out of. The roosting poles are green saplings.

Chicken coop built out of recycled wood pallets

Way more than I expected though, had to be bought. Hardware really adds nice finishing touches but is expensive. I chose metal posts for the chicken run because I didn’t want to have to re-do them when they rotted. And the wire is green 1×3″ fencing but with metal hardware wire on the bottom 12″ up the fence and 12″ flat on the ground to prevent predators from digging under the fence.

chicken coop door

Finishing touches: The cinder blocks I spray-painted a “camouflage” color making them less bright, draping plants down the side takes up the empty space next to the door and a perennial hosta plant (that the chickens think is delicious!)

If we are working around the yard we let them free range, as long as we can watch them – we call it “chick sitting”. They love going under the deck as there are spiders and tons of bugs.


After visiting three grocery stores I found one that will let me take a box of food for the chickens! He said he gives 7 boxes a week to a local farmer but didn’t think the farmer would mind if he gave me one – yeah!

~Heather from Massachusetts


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  1. Lisa says

    Way to go Heather! I love that you did it yourself and it’s so dang cute! The flower box on the coop and the flowers on the ground really add a nice tough. So happy you’re getting a free box of “chicken scraps” each week. :)

  2. Britteny Gayheart says

    Hi! I am building a chicken coop pretty similar to the one you built. I had a question though. What did you use for the outdoor part of the enclosure, the netting or screen or whatever? That would work well for the situation we have. Our WHOLE yard is basically on a hill. So we need something that more flexible then a fence we also have a mild coyote problem so they have to be enclosed all the time unless we are right there. Thanks!!

  3. Karlee Rennert says

    I also would really like to know what exactly you used for your outdoor enclosure. I need to make a roof for my outside enclosure and whatever you have going on is perfect for my and my chickens needs. Thanks!

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