This coop was built with a whole lot of help!
A little over a year ago I acquired an old corn / hay wagon and I wanted to build a coop that I could pull around the pasture. My Dad, some neighbors and myself started construction with a very rough design and built a very unique hill billy coop.
The plans will not load as a pdf (that's all I have can someone help me)
My father in-law suffers from a sever case of chicken addiction and when he saw mine for the first time, I could tell that he needed one. After a short conversation with my wife and her siblings we decided to get it done with a deadline of June 17th. (Fathers Day).
We located another wagon and the work started.
Step one was to demo the existing wood floor (material that was re-used later in construction)
Sand blast the frame and add a custom paint job with some colors that he really loves
A main point in this design is to let the soil get some good nourishment so we installed a plastic lattice floor with 1" holes. Large enough to let the fertilizer fall through but not the feet of the egg factories.
Next we framed the walls of the main structure with the laying boxes on the out side.
All of the wood framing was bolted to the angle iron trailer frame.
The next step was to frame the roof (my coop is in the back, we pulled it up to the house to use for a template)
We sheeted the front wall with old fence wood with a drop door to let the girls out in day time. The metal decoration on the sliding door was a nice touch.
At this stage it seemed like it was all coming together. The old sheet metal roof with the chicken wire vent gives it the old barn look. In south east Texas, we need as much ventilation as possible.
We were given this door from a friend of mine that builds custom doors. Yes, it's glass and the handle is a door knocker. Looks antique!
The money makers were next, framed from treated 2x4's and sheeted with the old wood that was pulled from the floor.
Dad #2 has a passion for long horn cattle and this is one of his old girls mounted front and center.The tops of the boxes are 3/4" treated plywood burned with a torch for a unique look and coated with a water sealer.
The ridge cap is the same green as the trailer frame.
The last touch was painting the side of the boxes the same green and preparing it for the 35 mile delivery on Fathers Day.
She made her maiden voyage at speeds of up to 60 mph loaded on another trailer without a single screw coming loose. It's built right.
An Old Corn Wagon
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"A really unique build!"
- 3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 6, 2018
This has to be one of the most unique ideas I've ever seen for reusing an old wagon frame! It's a big coop and an even BIGGER construction undertaking, but you'll end up with one of the most unique coops made. Because of the scale, some written details and some close-up pictures of how bolting the structure to the frame was handled would be helpful. While the author is correct in stating that the long-distance trip shows that the coop was "built right," including some instructions on how he made it that way could inspire others to take on a major work like this one. It's a VERY cool coop!