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Two-level A-frame from repurposed chain link fence top rail

By Zorak, Jun 27, 2014 | Updated: Jul 1, 2014 | | |
  1. Zorak
    One of my coworker's neighbors upgraded his fence from chain link to cedar, so my friend found himself in possession of a pile of thin walled galvanized steel pipe. He had no plans for it, so he gave it to me. Meanwhile, our mutual friend wanted to start a small backyard flock. He also bought a welding machine. We put our heads together, and came up with this:
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    Obviously, this shot was from before he put wire on it. The footprint is about 4' wide by about 10' long. The wheels are from a rusted-out Western Flyer wagon. It is very sturdy, but it can be picked up easily by two people. This one also has a raisable ramp.

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    The upstairs section is about 6' long.

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    This is the frame before we added the floor and detachable sides. The crank handle above the gate raises the ramp for locking the hens in during relocation/moving. The rest of the frame was fabricated from 3/4" and 1/2" EMT.

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    A simple mechanism: turning the crank winds the sash chain around the "drivetrain". Inserting the pin locks the ramp.

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    Same end finished out. Cedar fence for sides, plain hinges, and window locks.

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    Open sesame.We put a similar door on the opposite end, for ventilation, but covered the opening with hardware cloth.

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    We started with a plywood subfloor. We used repurposed plywood, keeping with the spirit of of the project. The actual floor is a shallow galvanized steel drip pan.


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    This is a drip pan from the automotive section of Wal-Mart. The dimensions of the coop interior were set with the intent of using this for a floor so the hen wrangler could just pop off one of the sides, pull out the pan, shake the pan contents into a flowerbed, then put it all back together after hosing it down.


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    The edges were hemmed to keep in strict OSHA compliance for egglayers. The frame of the ramp is visible in the opening.[​IMG]
    The sides were a sandwich of repurposed paneling , new foam board, and new vinyl roofing. These hangers were adapted to make it all work.

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    This is the inside detail of one of the sides.

    This one has been going strong for a few years now.








    [​IMG] Here's a photo from today. The coop was finished with poultry wire attached with with nylon zip strips. I tried to talk him into putting tricycle tassels on the handles, but he opted for a more understated look.

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  1. Mountain Peeps
  2. Zorak
    Thanks!
  3. limaro
    Impressive! You really know what you're doing.
  4. Zorak
    Thanks! The inspiration for the ramp was a well known chicken tractor design, but I really wanted to come up with a crank handle. More fun that way.
  5. crazyfeathers
    Wonderful job, I love the retractable ramp.

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