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Dealing with high winds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Uzuri, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    So I've got a mobile coop, and it's up on wheels, so its center of gravity is a little higher than your usual tractor.

    In the last two years, (thankfully not in the last 6 months!) Ohio has had widespread 70 mph winds 3 times. I need to know how to secure things so that I don't have the whole thing going over.

    Anyone dealt with high winds on a non-anchored structure? What would you suggest.

    Hope to get photos up later today.

  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:Could you pound T-posts in around it and anchor it to those (if a wind is coming) then you can pull the T-posts afterwards and your lawn won't be damaged too much (it'll recover).

  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    You could try someting like this. Just put 1 or 2 on the long sides on the coop/tractor then run a tie down across the top to the anchors.

  4. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    5 gallon buckets of dirt or even water hung or tied to each corner should keep it down.
  5. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Songster

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    how big and tall is it? on our pop up trailer it has legs that fold down and they are angled somewhat sway from the base of the trailer to keep it stable..if they were straight down the trailer would flip but i think the corner legs are bent out just enough to keep it stable
  6. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Here's pictures to better show what's up here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2869266#p2869266

    almost exactly 4' tall... well, I guess a little taller now; I hadn't measured it with the roof.

    I'm not worried about the run part of things, because I really don't think it has enough surface area to really catch anything. I may drill two holes in the footer and beat in two spikes though -- then it definitely won't go anywhere.

    So tiedowns to t-posts or dog-tie-outs just across the top would do? I worry that'll get enough rotation going to just slide on out from under. I thought about eye-bolts in each corner -- does anyone know if they would pull out of the wood? Or would that not happen until we're looking at wind so strong that the chicken house is the last thing I'll be worrying about?

    I'm intrigued by the sandbuckets, too. I wonder if tube-sand across the wheel axels would lower the center of balance enough to do what I want... of course, I can't imagine how I'd get them there! :hmm

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