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Getting Started on the Chook House

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Last week I came across a pallet on the street. It was out on the footpath for the taking. You see, when people don’t want large pieces of rubbish they put them out on the footpath. The council does a collection about once a year and you’re supposed to wait until then but often you’ll see stuff on the kerb. There one day and gone the next.

So I saw this pallet and remembered I’d seen designs for recycled pallet chook houses on the web. This simple chook house is perfect for the subtropical Brisbane climate. It’s partially sheltered for the winter but allows plenty of air flow so that the chickens won’t overheat during the summer  There are plenty of other designs you can find and depending on your climate some will be more suitable than others.

The first step in making the new chook house is taking the pallet apart. My wonderful husband spent about an hour this afternoon doing this for me while I swept the driveway. I still need to buy new screws and source some corrogated iron before we can put this thing together.

5 responses »

  1. Gotta love free stuff. If you were closer to my side of the world, we could provide you with all the pallets you’d like. I should get creative with some myself.

  2. I can’t wait to see what you build. Please post step-by-step!

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  4. Hi!, I built the original chook house in the link (thanks!) It housed 4 chickens quite comfortably, but they had the run of the yard during the day. I would have doubled the size if they were confined to the rectangle permanently. It was approx: 2 meters by 1.5 footprint with the roof about 1 meter high.

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