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Blueridge's Chicken Coop Tractor

This project started with a trailer that needed to be put out to pasture.

I had been looking at pictures of gypsy caravans on the 'net and the idea was born.

We made the coop frame out of odds and ends of lumber, the windows were salvaged.

coop frame assembly

I sent Michelle to the paint store alone. What was I thinking!

coop being painted

We use T posts to make a large portable yard and move the coop around the pastures.

They are turned in to the garden now and plugged into the barn for the winter

sunnyside of coop

There are 8 nest boxes accessable from outside the coop behind these doors.

 There is also storage areas above and below the nest boxes.

the roosts are across the width at the tongue end.

I used roll roofing to cover the top.

nestbox side of coop

 

Michelle painted a morning glory detail on an end panel

morning glory detail on coop panel

We set the ramp in the open people door in the summer.

In cooler weather we close the big door and use the sliding hatch door 

morning rush

(If the choice were strictly mine the hatch door would be over the trailer tongue)

Comments (3)

Very nicely done! I am also building a portable coop on a trailer. A question: Is it difficult to lift the trailer hitch on and off the truck or tractor? Do your trailer wheels have brakes? What do you use to hold up the end of the hitch on the trailer when it's in place? I know, that's three question? (-:
Fantastic coop!
I have not seen such a paint job on a coop before. Very Gypsy I must say. Great idea for re-purposing a trailer. It looks well vented. How many birds can you keep comfortably? I have seen companies that install a glasbord floor. Is this something you did for easy cleaning? How about some interior pics.
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