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Building Barns From Pallets
March 9, 2011
2:07 pm
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GrammieEarth
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Free pallets ROCK!!  The best ones are the ones you curse when you try to move them! I have eight under my stacked firewood, a few less desirables have become kindling and one is the 'steps' to the stepless back deck.  My ex has built a few awesome benches from pallets.  I'm sure the goats are thrilled with their home.

Pam

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March 10, 2011
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Suzanne McMinn
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Finally!  A barn I can afford!

 

How to build a barn out of popsicle sticks:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4506656_build-barn-out-popsicle-sticks.html

 

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Clover made me do it.

March 10, 2011
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MaryB
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Yeah,  you think that big beautiful red barn was made outa popsicle sticks?  lol

March 10, 2011
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Someone has waaaaaaaaay toooooo much idle time! LOLlaugh

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March 10, 2011
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And a LOT of glue!  lol

March 11, 2011
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Landodixy
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I really CAN NOT believe anyone would possible criticize the little lady that built that AWESOME chicken coop in the Backyard Chickens link.  That is a very nice coop…she even put plywood in the inside!       (Judge not…)

March 11, 2011
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  I think she did a great job. 

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March 11, 2011
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mammaleigh
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She can come and build me one anytime she wants I will fly here to the Atl!!!

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March 11, 2011
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Suzanne McMinn
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Guess what we got today?  40 pallets!!!!  The really good, big, sturdy ones.  We're building a barn!!!!

Clover made me do it.

March 11, 2011
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happy-flowerPallets are wonderful to use in building, usually they are very inexpensive or free, I had a friend that build a small barn and  fence 30 years ago  from pallets that were free for the picking up, and they are both still standing.

             Good for you Suzanne, I am some you can round up lots of help.

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March 11, 2011
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I  AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU, SUZANNE!  

March 11, 2011
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I'm excited, too!  We have a big cement pad that was already existing when we bought the farm.  It's in the middle pasture in the meadow bottom.  We're going to build the barn on the cement pad.  It will be for hay, and winter shelter for the sheep.  I need one up here, too, for hay and BP and Glory Bee, so maybe next.  Since we have a cement pad existing down there, we're going to do that first, and make a loft.  There will be a lot of hay storage there.  Then we can stop keeping hay in big piles under plastic.  We'll just have to do a roof.  The animals need the ventilation anyway (it's more healthy), so the pallets are perfect.  Other than the roof and making the loft space it will be free!  There are more than enough pallets for that barn, so we'll use the rest to make the shelter in the new duck and buck yard.

Clover made me do it.

March 11, 2011
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You dont think cement slabs are cold for animals in the winter?

March 11, 2011
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MaryB, it will be a miracle if the sheep go in there.  We can put straw down.

Clover made me do it.

March 11, 2011
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Great recycle Suzanne!  Can hardly wait to see the shelter you ( & 52 and possible teenage helpers) build for your animals!   

Pam

p.s.  Double check possible escape routes for rogue goats/sheep/calves!  Lil stinkers. 

 

p.p.s.  Where there is a will, there is a way  (close I think, but I can't quote it) 

You have the will, and an exceptional way and ability to share it with ALL of us…animals, pets, family and readers!! 

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March 11, 2011
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We have a concrete floor in our barn too, I love it, you can sweep it, spray it with a hose if you have to.

Lots of bedding on the floor…and they will sleep outside, my cow does, she only goes in the barn for shelter like in a blizzard…oh and it seems she uses it as her bathroom too.

(I'm up for LOTS of cleaning this spring)

March 11, 2011
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Oh ok, I didnt know.  I guess the lots of bedding is the trick. :)

March 11, 2011
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Years ago (12-15) we built two 10×12 and two 20×12 (for foaling) stalls in our horse barn completely out of pallet lumber and galvanized pipe.  My inlaws lived near a PPG plant (a glass company) that just thru out the big pallets that they shipped their glass in, when they were done with them.  It was all really good 2×6 yellow pine lumber.  We had to do alot of hard work to take them apart and pull all the nails out before we could even start building the stalls, but it was well worth it.  People still OOOOOO and Ahhhhhhh at how nice the stalls are.  Everybody says they are as nice as the new barns at the fairgrounds.  Saved us a bunch of money which always makes me happy. 

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March 11, 2011
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A Milking Parlor one day, maybe, Suzanne!!! moo

March 11, 2011
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Good yellow pine is as strong as oak. Terrible to drive nails in and even harder to pull them out. But at nearly a dollar per foot for good framing lumber it is worth the labor.

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