Pallet House

12 Jul

On The Porch

Onisha Ellis

My son, Matt enjoys raising chickens. I don’t know why, but he just can’t seem to have enough chickens or chicken houses. Recently he decided to raise bantam chickens. He got eight of the Cochin type and four others of a breed I can’t remember. I’m not up on my chicken knowledge. This caused a problem since these chickens are smaller than his other ones. He decided to build another chicken house but like with many of us money is tight so he had to be creative.

Matt worked in a factory, which had a surplus of wooden pallets, and they were glad to get rid of them. He took seven home and started building. He framed it with five wooden pallets, put two pallets down to make a floor and used two by fours to create a roof. He picked up some Masonite siding from a surplus supply store to finish the outer walls and put two four by eight corrugated fiberglass panels to make a nice roof. He finished it off with two by twos and chicken wire for a door. This chicken house is so deluxe it even has an automatic water dispenser made using a five-gallon bucket. All total, he built a fine chicken house for sixty dollars.
















I’m so proud of him. He has the ability to look at a problem and find creative, practical solutions. In these hard times, we all need to look into ourselves to rediscover that mindset. I fear that in our busy lives we have found it easier to throw money at a situation rather than using our minds to solve problems.

Matt’s chickens even get water front living.


Luke 12:42

6 Responses to “Pallet House”

  1. Elisha (BookJunkieMom) July 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Love the pictures of the chicken houses! Great blog, am a new follower:) Feel free to stop by and say hello!


    • onisha Ellis July 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Elisha, thanks for stopping by the blog and following. . I try to not blog about writing and marketing. Indie authors work so hard, I don’t want to ask them to read another “work” blog. I think it’s just fun to chat about memories and lfe.
      I love that my son paints his chicken houses to match his home. One even has the same vinyly siding. You have a wonderful book blog. I look forward to reading your review.


  2. fuonlyknew July 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I love chickens too! Just have no place for them right now. Coyotes would get em. Your son is amazingly versatile. Great coop!
    Wanted to let you know I mentioned you on my blog today:)


    • onisha Ellis July 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      Loved the Sisterhood award. Tried to participate but couldn’t think of seven bloggers. Thanks for inculding me.


  3. DiVoran July 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    This was an especially interesting blog about innovation, creativity and self reliance. Matt is just the kind of man the world needs more of. We like chickens in our family too. Our son, his wife, and their two (now) adult kids have learned so much from their chickens and have all become chicken psychologists too.


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