Barn on Wheels! (Lots of construction photos)

  1. johnyreb1776
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    This is my first chicken coop that I have built, and after looking at lots of coop designs here and all over the web, I came up with this design. Without an actual cut plan, or drawings most of it was in my head, and the final product would have been a little easier to build, but I think it turned out nice. It is a tractor design, and although easy to move, it is heavy, again better plans than just what was in my head would have solved that.

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    Finished Tractor Coop!
    Here are the progress pictures I took during construction. It took a little longer than a week to build because I only worked on it during the afternoons and evenings since I had some extra time off from work.

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    The bottom frame is built on a 10' 2x4 and a 12' 2x4 on top for the handles. The actual inside is 9' leaving a foot to attach the wheels in the back. It is 2' tall between the horizontal beams.

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    The coop is 3' long and 4' wide. It is around 36" tall. Figuring out the angles for the gambrel roof stumped me for hours. Since you usually want the height to be half the length that would have put it at 2' (half of 4' wide). This was too short so eventually I figured out the correct angles to put on the miter saw to make it work.

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    Each nesting box is roughly 12"x12"x12" minus the slope of the roof and a couple inches I added on the sides just to give it a little extra room. The ladder leads up to the nesting boxes, and although you can't see it in the picture above, there are two roosting 2"x2" poles going across the entire coop.

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    I put a piano hinge on the roof for easy access to both sides for cleaning and to latch the door from the inside at night. I am a little worried about ventilation, I put the vent on the back and installed a ridge vent on the top of the roof, but in Eastern North Carolina it can get hot during the summer. I will be tracking the heat buildup with a thermometer installed inside and make any adjustments if it doesn't breath right.

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    Here is the rough finished coop before I painted and installed the roof and chicken wire. I added two caster wheels to the front to help in navigation but except for on the driveway they dont work very well in my sandy yard. The four tires in the back work great and with two people, moving it is a breeze.

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    Of course you cant have a barn on wheels unless it is painted red! The finished roof has two window sill locks and a handle to open it up. The first top section in the front has a hinged access to be able to feed and raise/lower the chicken ladder. I may add other access panels on the bottom sections if it would be more convenient to access the bottom of the coop.

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    Baby chicks are on the way! We are getting 6 hens, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Opington and White Plymouth Rock, 2 of each. Hopefully all goes well with our Backyard Chickens!

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  1. jimbob86
    I see this was built in 2013, for 6 birds.... Barred Rock, Plymouth and BOrps ....those are large breed birds .... how'd thais work out for you?

    I've got a similar tractor, but the upper level coop is 32 square feet, and run below is 40 .....Iv'e got 9 BOrps, and they are pretty crowded in there ..... also, I don't see any provision for ventilation. Had any frostbite or respitory problems?
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  3. silver1polish
    are you planing on them to free range?
  4. Ballerina Bird
    That is a very handsome coop. Great job!
  5. paintedChix
    I LOVE it! It is BEAUTIFUL.

    I would love to use something like that as well - but for 4-6 bantams. Are you able to share the angles you figured out? Or did I miss them?

    Your pretty little tractor may be too small for your girls, once they start maturing. The Orpingtons I've seen have been rather on the large side and the Rocks are good sized as well... I've always found that I need more space from what I've put together (recommended sq ft is bare minimum especially if you can't let them out for a while), LOL, plus chickens are addicting! Are you only allowed 6 in the community that you live in?

    OI - Just realized when you posted this!! SO HOW did it work for the birds you put in it? How did you adjust the ventilation? UPDATES would be great, now that this has been posted as the current coop of the week - BIG GRIN. Have you built a permanent, larger coop for the girls you have or are you still using the tractor? Liking your eggs?

    For more ventilation and to make cleanup easier, you could remove the floor altogether. Cut it into 2 pieces to use for weather protection on either side and might need a 3rd piece on the back below the nests, not sure. Keep your feed and water outside of the coop area - putting an access door where you hang them and you should be good to go.

    Eastern NC - where? We're kinda in a square between Spring Lake/Ft Bragg, Vass, Lillington & Sanford. Our chicken numbers went to 49 this past fall - but we planned on that w/ moving to 21 acres and we will be having more, too... and quite a few of those are slated to be processed next week. Some of my "new" birds are larger than the 2 turkeys we purchased from grocery store for Thanksgiving (12#s each).
  6. WVDoug
    Looks great! Nice red with white trim. I can see a few hens being happy in there.
    A couple of suggestions, if I may:
    Lighten the color of the roof (paint, re-shingle, whatever) to keep it cooler inside.
    Replace the chicken wire with 1/2" hardware cloth or add a layer of something more raccoon proof.
  7. sumi
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  8. Kenc
    Love it - very nice!
  9. chickery-do
    Great idea I'm going to take part of it to add to my tractor and raising family. And I like the idea that you knew what a tractor really is!
  10. 4H gal
    Wow that is really cool!!:)
  11. RWD
    That is a fine job, something to be proud of.
  12. Annabelleshome
    Really nice! Congradulations on the fine coop!
  13. CarolinaHens
    You did a great job! I love how you made the run roof match the shape of the coop roof. Your yard is going to be bug free once those babies get old enough to enjoy their new home.

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