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Anyone have a old wagon turned into a coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reveriereptile, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My FIL has a old hay wagon that he can't use for hay anymore. We were going to order some poultry for spring since we got rid of ours. He was thinking of trying to make a coop on top of the wagon so he can take it out in the field and move it around with the tractor. I seen a couple pictures on google but was wondering if anyone on here had any pictures. I know he would like to have a door maybe at each end so we could get into it easily. We were thinking of a ramp for the chickens to go in and out of it. We may put a easy to move fence up around the wagon till they knew that was their living area and to help round them up in the coop for night so predators don't get them. We live on an organic farm and usually had them close to the house which can get smelly at times and they had to be fenced in. We thought if we took them out in the field they could free range after they knew what the coop was for. He said something about maybe making something in the coop to store extra feed and water so we don't have to lug it out there every day. I'm not sure how big he is planning on making it.
     
  2. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a really good idea. It's already got wheels, so instant tractor. [​IMG]
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I used to have an old wooden flare wagon I almost did this to. But sold it instead.

    Just build a shed on top of the hay wagon!
     
  4. Ivywoods

    Ivywoods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Hiawatha, KS
    I just finished making an coop out of an antique horsedrawn blacksmith wagon. It is well over 100 years old. It has made an excellent coop because it was made very sturdy so it could rumble down the old roads. It had a broken front axle, so we ended up taking out the steel wheels and setting it down on blocks. We had no intention of moving it once we got it going. I have a very portable chicken tractor that I built that I can move a few chickens around in if I want to do that.

    There are a few pictures on my BYC webpage if you care to look. Good luck to you and I hope it works out well for you.
     
  5. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I thought I saw some photos on here a year or so ago where people had done that very thing but I can't say what the thread was actually called. Search for it and you will probably find it.
     
  7. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
  8. karl E lutz

    karl E lutz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    I saw a tractor built from a wagon on you tube. The floor was built from expanded metal so droppings coulds fall through. The people in the video free ranged the flock and was able to move them from pasture to pasture to keep the area's very clean.
     
  9. Mag16

    Mag16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is one that a member made out of a cotton trailer...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=221775

    That is my coop! The only time I move it is in the summer to the shade (cause it gets hot here in Texas) and then again in the winter where they can have a good wind break. Another thing that I like about it is so far (knocking on wood) I do not have a problem with mice, snakes or other predators.

    Everyone that visits my place loves it. I'm looking for another one if someone knows of one in North Texas.

    Edited to correct my spelling.​
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  10. brounii

    brounii Chillin' With My Peeps

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