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post #31 of 49

I love it. GREAT IDEA !!!!

Humm I just saw some of those down the road.

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post #32 of 49

GENIUS!!! That is a great idea. Maybe you could cover the top with a tarp or something to give them shade and protection from rain/snow.

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Christian, history nerd, and classical liberal!
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." - Thomas Jefferson

"Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms." - Ron Paul

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post #33 of 49

I wish I could get a cotton trailer up here in NH it would be perfect for what I wanted to do...

Omy.....where did all these chickens come from!!!???
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post #34 of 49
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Originally Posted by Mag16 

Thank you for the welcome.  I've learned a lot from you guys - using DE, providing a sandbox, etc.  I will post pictures of my sister's when she is finished.

Are you on some property where you can roll the wagon so the chickens can free range?


I have 37 acres and I wish I could let them free range but we have a bad coyote problem.  In the past 2 weeks one neighbor has lost 4 of her sheep and another has lost all of her free-ranged chickens.  Several times this week, during the day, I have caught them in my yard or heading that way.  They almost got my jack russel a couple of days ago.  My other problem is my border collie, Monroe.  He is obsessed with the chickens.

Here he is stalking them:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/37917_watching_chickens.jpg

We just take the axles off ours, flip them over, take the torch and cut a door, and voila, instant coop with a roof.


That was my original intention but we are under an extreme burn ban so no welding or torches.  So I went with plan B.  Plus I like being able to move it.

where did you get the cotton  trailer?


I have been looking on CraigsList for awhile and found one in Holbert, OK.  I called my sister and asked her how far Holbert was (my BIL sells a lot of his polled herefords in OK) and she tells me that she saw one the other day in someone's pasture about 10 miles from her house & 30 from mine.  I paid $325 for it.

FYI if you buy one - I could not drive more than 15 mph pulling it and had to take the dirt roads because it really wasn't "street legal".  It took me 4 hours to drive 30 miles.  I'm glad that I didn't drive to Holbert as it would have taken me 2 days - lol!

Magnet Chick - my aunt lives in Enid.

Big C - my grandma lives in Quanah.  I visited her last week with my mom.  I was looking for trailers as I passed through Vernon and Chillicothe cause I'm thinking that I might want another one.


Wow, our store is in Vernon and we live in Chillicothe. Next time your thru here stop by! I may have a lead on several more trailers.

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post #35 of 49
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Big C

There was one in a field between Chillicothe and Vernon.  It was on the left side of the road (going from Chillicothe to Vernon) , set off from the road in a field of sunflowers?grass/weeds. The weeds were grown up all around it so you really have to be looking or you'll miss it.   If I remember right there was also an run-down barn next to it.  I made the comment to my mom that you could probably get the trailer for next to nothing if you could get through the weeds.

I've slept since then so it might have been between Quanah and Chillicothe.

I'll definitely find your store next time I'm in that area.

post #36 of 49
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texaschickmamma

I think I may have talked to last week about purchasing some chickens.  I had called and left a message while you were on vacation.  I had already found some when I talked to you but I told you that I would give my sister your phone number.  Was that you?

post #37 of 49
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Originally Posted by EweSheep 

Yep I used to live down South and they were used alot those days. I dont know why they stopped using them. Too exposed, I would guess.

Other than that, its an excellent idea! I love the moving part!

Is the floor wooded? It would be a good idea to have rubber mat down so you can scrap it off easily when you can not come and clean it out often.

I love the sandbox idea!

Now the hay wagon we have out here, we can make those to look like the cotton wagons. wink


2/3 of the floor is covered with landscape timbers.  I had to reinforce the floor of the trailer which was made with tin and I had landscape timbers on hand.  I'm pretty sure this is shop made trailer because the commercial made ones had a steel/sheet metal floor.

Under the coop I have shavings.  I didn't put shavings between the coop and the sandbox because the shavings would fall out of the sides.

A rubber mat would be perfect to lay between the sandbox and shavings/coop.  I saw some at Tractor Supply that you get it cut to size.  I think I will do that latter this afternoon. 

Thanks for the suggestion!

post #38 of 49

Update: anyone else tried this method? How did it go?

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post #39 of 49
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It's working great!  Chickens love it.  I've tweaked a couple things-I redid the roost and added another roost in the corner over the sand box which they love during the day.  This weekend I am moving it to a spot with a better wind block.  Right now it is parked where the shade was optimal which is a must during the hot Texas heat.

post #40 of 49

I like that.  Do cotton trailers come already screened like that?

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