This simple source for free salvaged wood is hiding in plain sight.
Many modern homesteaders are reaping the benefits of fresh eggs and free pest control by raising chickens on their land. But one downside of keeping hens is the cost of building a coop. Lumber is expensive, and if you want your chickens to be comfortable with plenty of room to move around, you’re going to need a lot of it.
Luckily, there’s a source of low-cost and often free wood that can be found just about anywhere. I’m talking about wood pallets used for deliveries. Every grocery store, restaurant, and dry good store receives supplies via truck shipments, and all of those shipments include pallets. Some companies have a policy in place for the return of pallets, but many do not.
Ask First: Most store owners are glad to let you have the discarded pallets they keep out by the dumpster, but it’s important to ask before you take them.
Salvage the Material: Once you’ve obtained your pallets, you’ll need to carefully disassemble them. These are made with rough, untreated wood, so always wear gloves when working with pallets. Carefully remove all nails and staples. You may want to give the boards a brief sanding before building your chicken coop.
Depending on the pallet’s construction, you may be able to salvage more than just planks. Some pallets have a central support that will make an excellent post when laying the framework of your coop. Imagine getting your supports and planks all for free just by asking for discarded pallets!
Build Your Coop: Now that you’ve got your materials follow your building instructions normally. Then sit back and admire the satisfying combination of thrift and handiwork.
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