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Barn Gulian
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Hello all,

I'm planning to built a chicken coop, does anybody has experience in this field and can advise which wood species are best for such "building"?

Thank in advance
 
Chris Barrows
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I've built coops/chicken houses out of oak, cedar, pine and other species and have had no problems with any of them.

I personally believe that the best wood to build a coop out of is the wood you have or can get free or on the cheap.

Pallet wood works well, but you may have to drill pilot holes for fasteners, or use a pneumatic nail gun.

I prefer using untreated wood as chickens tend to eat any insects that would wish to invade it.
 
Bryant RedHawk
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Just about any wood that isn't aromatic works well for coops.
If you can make a "cedar chest or closet" out of the wood, it is not a good wood for chickens to live in.
Oak, ash, poplar, pine (yellow and white), fir, spruce, all work very well for coops.
Do not use treated wood anywhere the chickens will live it can give them respiratory problems after a while.

I do my own treatment of wood (soak it in Borax soap solution till it is really wet then let it air dry) to keep termites and fungi out of the wood.
I like using large rocks or repurposed cinder blocks to keep the wood up off the soil.
 
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