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Forum topic by Senator posted 06-16-2017 12:49 PM 526 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2017 12:49 PM

Hello all,

Planning to built a chicken coop and wonder if anybody has experience in this field and can advise me which wood species are best for such “bbuilding”

Thank you in advance for sharing your opinion

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Bill White

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#1 posted 06-16-2017 02:31 PM

Most of the wooden ones we BURNED were made from poplar. Used ‘em in our live haul operation.
Burned ‘em when we went to plastic for ease of transportation and stacking.
That sure does bring back memories.


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#2 posted 06-16-2017 02:37 PM

We used plywood and fir. I think it boils down to what’s available and what you want the end product to look like.

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#3 posted 06-16-2017 04:03 PM

There is a ton of chicken coop plans on the internet. I’m they will tell what materials to use.

Google chicken coop’s

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 01:33 AM

Kind of depends on ur design Normally treated lumber for anything on the ground or exposed. I found some 1 inch plywood that I used for the nesting area In the box area I use lenolium on the floor so it won’t rot
Secure it well I had all kinds of critters come out of the woods to kill my chickens

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 03:42 PM


Since most of the structure is above ground, any wood that becomes wet will dry rather quickly and thus last a long time.

Where the structure contacts the ground, Micronized Copper Azole (MCA) ground-contact treated lumber would be my choice. MCA seem to be safer alternative chemicals for treating lumber especially around food production. It also seems to be fastener friendly.

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#6 posted 06-17-2017 05:05 PM

I’ve built a couple of them and just used OSB and construction lumber.

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