I had 12 chicks that I plan on joining the hens when they are 16 weeks old so I built this to house them till then. In future I might use it to grow some ranger meat birds.
The coop is on wheels, the front steers, and has screen bottom. The run is really light and just gets pulled over and hooked to the coop. (also only one nut for the bolt the steering pivots on and the two hooks were purchased, total cost $1.45. Admitedly some of the scrap was hauled down from family farm.)
took scrap boards and hardware cloth to make floor, added wheels and steering (handle later)
the thin board are really only for roost structure. they cuddle on the roost using less then a 1/3 now, but they are growing.
roof is scrap metal roofing, real light gauge. some screen on this end.
its light but sturdy and easy to move (the front is an old rotory mower that my grandfather converted to a cart took cart apart and used the old mower as handle with its wheels and the back wheels from the cart.
~8 weeks now
Inside the chick/pullet grower tractor. They'll be in here until big enough to join the hens in the coop. See the screen bottom, its light and the ppop falls through in cubes.
Two screen doors (with chicken fence as screen is weak) make A-frame that is super light and hooks onto coop to provide run that they access through a little hatch that I close at night. The run is open on bottom.
end is screen and opens entirely for access.
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