Mobile chicken coop for layer hens

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Project by GARodgers posted 01-14-2022 03:04 PM 467 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re going to have pastured layer hens, then you need a good coop for them to work out of. Start with a trailer frame. In this case, an old boat trailer. Definitely overkill for this project, but on a farm you make due with what’s available.

Strip off all of the hardware and then construct a floor frame over the top. Secure it good so that it doesn’t fly away with the first wind. Once the floor is done, frame out the structure and put a tin roof on it. There’s good ventilation around the top of the walls. Add roosting poles and layer boxes. Add a door for human access to collect eggs and cleanout the coop, then add a ramp for the ladies to gracefully enter and depart.

And there you have it. A mobile chicken coop.

Currently there are about 25 layers and a couple of roosters using the coop, but it could easily support twice that many.

The first picture shows the grass very dry and the air very smoky. This was taken during the forest fires and the farm was in the mandatory evac zone. In fact, when this picture was taken the fire was about 500 yards from the property line, but property owners were allowed in temporarily to service animals that couldn’t be evacuated. In our case it was the chickens. The sheep were rounded up and trailered out to a safer location with the help of neighbors later in the day. The fire fighters did outstanding work and only a few neighboring outbuildings were lost in this area. Our farm was covered in ash, but did not burn.

When all was said and done, there were several hundred eggs collected that weren’t to be eaten by people. hehehe

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#1 posted 01-14-2022 03:37 PM

Great useful project, nice design and construction. Good you and the animals survived the fire.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 01-14-2022 05:50 PM

Very cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a project like that on here. Joel Salatin would be proud!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 01-14-2022 06:15 PM

That is a Dandy coop love those free range eggs, should have some happy chickens.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-14-2022 08:17 PM

nice build regardless of use

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 01-14-2022 08:56 PM

Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 01-15-2022 04:02 AM

That is very cool. those chickens can be very proud of their digs!!!!!!!!!! Nice work on it…..............Cheers,jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 01-15-2022 05:23 AM

I’ve never seen a mobile home for chickens before! ;-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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