My Chicken Mobile Stagecoach

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  1. Duke of Orpington
    I got the fever to have chickens once again and began researching my coop options a few years ago. I wanted a chicken tractor but it took me a long time (way too long = over analyzing) to finally settle on Rick Hathaway's unique design of the Chicken Mobile Stagecoach. I preferred something that was unique looking, durable, easy to move around and predator proof and I feel like it's pretty much turned out to be just that. I ordered the plans and DVD from his site and studied them thoroughly and began to gather the materials. It takes a lot of fabrication to build this coop but that's something I really enjoy doing in my spare time. I made a few changes from Rick's original plan to suit my own tastes and desires. I enlarged the roost area from two feet to three feet; I used corrugated metal roofing instead of galvanized sheet; I built my own version of a feeders; and I made my nest box detachable for easier cleaning. There's a lot you can do with this design to make it your own and incorporate any ideas of your own to make it uniquely yours. Here's a few pics I took along the way.

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    This is the finished product as it sits in my yard today. I added the long piece of corrugated tin just to give the gals a little relief from the rain in the run area; I actually have this piece attached with a couple of bungees just to see how it works out, but I like it so well I'll be permanently attaching it soon.

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    2" x 6" treated pine frame cut, drilled for pipe supports and assembled.

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    Center partition with door and ventilation for roost area cut, fabricated and screwed in place.

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    Rear wall with nest box and lower access door cutouts fabricated and screwed in place.

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    Front wall with access door fabricated and screwed in place.

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    Top and side rails installed.

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    Paint job complete, pipe supports and feeders installed.

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    A better view of the feeder.

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    Looking into nest box. Removable plastic trays from Wally World.

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    Nest box showing handle to pull up roost floor making it totally predator proof at night time.

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    View of roost area with floor in up position (before installing roof).

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    Roost area with floor and ramp lowered (before installing roof).

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    Another view of roost area with floor and ramp lowered (before installing roof).

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    Hardware cloth installed, my watering bucket with the nipples on the bottom and some Buff Orpingtons.

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    An overview of the finished product. The gals love their new Chicken Mobile Stagecoach! I pop off the nest box, then with the roost floor lowered I wash the roost/floor/ramp down with the water hose and move it to a new location about once a week. Easy to clean and pretty easy to move on level to semi-level ground. Everyone who sees it loves it and the wife and I love sitting on the porch in the evenings watching the antics of our little flock.

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  1. Whittni
    Good job.
  2. miquwid
    well done
  3. NovaAman
    OH, If I had the saw's to build this... I love it.

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