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Used pallet chicken coop roofing

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Another afternoon working on the used pallet chicken coop makes flock moving day that much closer.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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That looks right nice, but the tin needs support every two feet. Looks like more than that in the picture.
Comment by Errol Tue Mar 8 17:08:13 2011
Some of the spaces in the perimeter seem quite large to me. Have you had any predator problems? It looks like time for chicken wire to me, or am I missing something?
Comment by Vester Tue Mar 8 17:34:27 2011

You all are great --- an hour after Mark posts, he's already got comments!

Daddy --- very good point. Mark put the tin up there and then figured out the same thing --- it sagged a bit. So he went back in and added furring strips to support it. I took the photo before the upgrade, though.

Vester --- Lucy keeps predators away and we've never had any trouble with predation at all. That said, we don't want our chickens to be cold in a wind, so Mark's planning on stapling cardboard up on a lot of the walls on the inside to cut down drafts.

Comment by anna Tue Mar 8 18:35:44 2011
And would that cardboard last beyond the first rainstorm? Pallets aren't exactly watertight.
Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Mar 9 01:08:23 2011
If we lived in an area with wind, I'd be concerned. But our rain nearly always goes pretty much straight down. If a bit of water splashes under the eaves, it's no big deal.
Comment by anna Wed Mar 9 07:47:54 2011
That's turning out to be a nice looking coop!
Comment by Everett Wed Mar 9 11:36:59 2011

Is that an effect of the hilly country you live in?

Over here we sometimes get those nice storms blowing in from the North Sea where the rain more or less "falls" horizontally!

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Mar 9 12:36:04 2011

Everett --- Thanks! I always love what Mark cobbles together out of a handful of screws and some junk from the barn.

Roland --- It's more of a microclimate of our part of the mountains. Up on ridges, they get plenty of wind, but we're sheltered on three sides by hills and by trees on the fourth side, so it takes major storms to even stir up a breeze down here.

Comment by anna Wed Mar 9 14:29:19 2011

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