How to build a pallet geese house: part 2

May 7, 2011

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Ethan's feet are almost as big as mine now!

I’m still not spinning with all wheels due to the untimely death of one of our beloved dogs this week. But I’m attempting to forge ahead.

Today’s post rounds out the building of the goose house. It was an adventure but I’m glad it’s done.

Roof

House now in place (remember we had to move it by placing it on a tarp and dragging it into place), the roof was next on the list. I wanted to design the roof with hinges so that it could be lifted when cleaning, but I was running short on time and didn’t have the idea solid in my mind. So the roof was left as a solid piece that sloped for water drainage, but the roof board, in fact, curved inward for lack of support. I still may hit up the hinge idea at a later date.

The curve could be problematic when it rained as water could collect in it. It needed extra support. The hubby suggested an “H” style support system. It worked but only needed two instead of three boards to combat the curve issue.

Roof in place, two triangular air-flow gaps were created on the sides. The geese need good airflow — just not the creatures that could possibly fit in the gaps.I covered the gaps with chicken wire, and then cut triangular pieces that fit into the framework but would still let air flow through.

Added protection

I wanted the house to have a 2-door design. The bottom door was created from an old piece of plywood from earlier home improvement project. But the top door was originally created out of salvaged pallet wood but proved to be too weak and uneven.

Luckily, while clearing debris from the yard we discovered another piece of old plywood from a previous re-flooring project that was more than enough to make a more solid top door.

The hinges I chose were saloon-style in that they could swing both inward and outward. To prevent another trip to Lowes (they probably know me by name now, but man I’d love to have the giant saw they used to cut the plywood to size!), I added frame boards to prevent the doors from swinging inward, then a lock on the top door, and a gate lock (only accessible from the inside) for the bottom.

For the floor, I lined the bottom with chicken wire and secured the edges of the wire by overlaying them with fitted wood left over plywood used for the walls. Once the chicken wire was placed, I added another pallet to the bottom as the floor. I trimmed the edges of the floor pallet as it was too large, and I wanted to be able to remove it for cleaning. It worked pretty well!

Later I added six tiles (the flooring project, remember?) to the top of the floor pallet. As geese are rather sloppy eaters, they slosh food and water everywhere and the tiles help prevent the wood underneath from being soaked. The tiles are removed daily and cleaned, but the pallet is taken out and cleaned once a week.

With a bit of hay for bedding and space for their water and food dish, the geese have a cozy, secure house for sleeping at night :)

The house is done … well … almost

What’s left to do? I still have to caulk the edges to make it more water tight, sand the surface for primer, and then do a glorious paint job. And I’ll probably add a piece of vinyl siding (hubby’s suggestion) to the roof to better direct water flow during rain. I’m envisioning placing a small rain barrel/bucket to catch the runoff … eh … we’ll see :)

Cheers!

April


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