I raise heritage breed turkeys and wanted a lightweight, mobile pen for them. I started by constructing an 8x8 frame frame using 2x4's.
Next, I made two door frames out of lighter 2x3's and then used one to connect the door frames and also provide support for the wire mesh. I used 5' by 50' welded fencing for the top of the coop and regular chicken wire for the ends. Everything was secured to the frame with heavy duty galvanized staples. I then used zip ties to link all of the wire. The doors were constructed from the wood of an old shipping pallet. (Not pretty, but it works!)
This is a view of how I secured the wire with the zip ties.
This is the (mostly) completed mobile coop. I just need to add some poultry wire around the bottoms to prevent predators from digging underneath. Otherwise the pen is very strong and secure. Now I just need to move it out to pasture and add the birds!
Recent User Reviews
- 2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 30, 2018
Interesting turkey coop.
Why did you use chicken wire on the ends? Aren't you worried about predators? They can tear through chicken wire. Also did you add any type of roost for the turkeys? How many turkeys will you keep in there? Will they free range or stay in the coop all day? Where did you put the food and waterers?