2 Wheel Coop

By D G Farm, Aug 31, 2012 | Updated: Sep 4, 2012 | | |
  1. D G Farm
    This is our first post to this site.
    When David & Gloria (D G Farms) decided to get chickens, I wanted to go with free range chickens and we decided to build a chicken coop on wheels that could move around the yard. I found a small 4 Ft x 5 ft tailer for sale on the web that has a expanded steel floor which will work well for the poop to fall through to the yard. I built the little A Frame with the nest boxes accessable from outside. Sliding door on the end which is being Automated to open and close on a photocell. The milk box on the front houses the car battery for portable power for coop door. We are going to add a Solar charger to the roof in the near future. Got the 3 hens the other day and keeping them in the coop for a few days to get settled in to the new digs. then well turn them loose. Day 4, Turned the chickens loose this morning, they hung out close to the coop most of the morning till it got hot, then they wondered over to a big cedar tree and hung out there all day. I tied the dog out on a leash not far from the coop to watch the chickens and get use to them. one hen likes to roam a little ways away, so off did me and Hazel the dog and got her to come back for a while. She still wonders off, but well in site except in the brush. Well see how they come back to the coop tonight. the Door is automated to a photo cell. I have some details of door to post soon and a wiring diagram for anyone interested. The photo Cell is a 12 volt DC photocell switch 054-07215 from Solar Conduit,$42.
    The Car Antenna is from Sonic Electronix-44PW-22, $60. A Battery From Walmart to fit in the Box, bigger the better.
    9/1/10212 Added a Solar Panel to the coop over the weekend to keep battery charged. We picked it up at Bass Pro. (SunMaxx $37.
    Its a water proof solar charger for Boats to keep batterys charged, had to take apart to make some mounting brackets, but easy enough to put back together. And if you have seen those little red light preditor gagits out there that is suppose to keep peditors away, the Solar panel has a single red LED that show up at night that indicates fully charged battery. I think that a bonus.


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  1. Sally Sunshine
  2. D G Farm
    Yes, the car Antenna connected to a Dusk to dawn photo cell energizes the car antenna to close the door and open at dawn. I did also pick up a Solar Battery charger from Bass Pro that is used for charging Boat batterys and mounted to coop. The Toggle switch is a Manual close switch should i want to keep them In. The plan in the winter is to either put the coop in the barn with a tarp on the floor to get droppings and put a heat lamp inside. Already have a heated water pan, which will keep water from freezing and I can let the chickens out in a section of barn out of weather. As far as the coop door goes, it is 1/4 thick Plexiglass and I found some 3/8 alum "C" channel at home depot for the sliders. I added a Eye bolt to the bottom of door open the eye with plyers, extended the antenna tip and closed the eye bolt so tip down not pull through eye bolt. Let me know if you need more info or better pictures.
  3. LightningTFarm
    Question: what did you use the car antenna for? Is that what telescopes in and out to raise and lower the door? That's the only thing that has us confused. Are you calling the mechanism that raises and lowers the door the car antenna? Please give me some more information, as I want to do this on my goose house.
    Thanks!!
  4. LightningTFarm
    I was just telling my dad tonight that I wanted to put my goose house on wheels instead of skids, as I had originally planned. He was worried to would be hard to keep it from rolling off, but you obviously solved that with the hitch stand. I was not going to put the house on an already constructed trailer, though, I was going to just put axles underneath the house. Still, there has to be a way to do it!! Thanks for the pictures - I'm gonna show my dad (who is 87 and can still build anything). We were looking on the BYC thread about homemade incubators the other night, and he admitted he probably has everything we need to build the rocket ship of incubators right next door in his shop!!
    By the way - welcome to BYC!! Awsome first post!
  5. judyki2004
    very cute & very clever! love it, there you have good hens & an awesomely good dog! would love to see pics of them!
  6. PEI chicken
    Very portable, and unique and a good fit for your site. I wish you good luck with the free ranging. Great automatic door!
    Chickens like to scratch under trees and such, so if you park it closer to a hedge or scrub area they may be more content.
    If you get winter weather then you will need to close in the bottom.

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