Egg Mobile Trailer Project

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tinzman8, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. tinzman8

    tinzman8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I started working on my new egg mobile this past weekend. Up til now I've always had my chickens in a traditional coop that you can't move. After researching and reading about them, I've decided to build my own "Egg Mobile" for a more efficient and healthy way of raising layers. First I found an old trailer that had a 4'x8' frame on it. It is very sturdy and better yet it was FREE!

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    I decided that I want my coop to house between 36-40 hens. So I made the floor frame 8'x10' using 2x6's and attaching it to the trailer frame using U-bolts.

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    Once I got the frame attached, I started working on the wire floor. I chose to do a wire floor instead of wood floor for easier maintenance and better ventilation. I chose to first put down 2"x2" woven wire (this was mostly for protection from predators, and it gave it more strength.) Once I was done with that, I put down traditional chicken wire over the top of that so the birds will still be able to walk on it, yet the poop will still be able to fall thru to the ground for the most part.

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    I'll be working on the walls tomorrow, I decided on doing 7' in the front, and 5' in the back. With the roosts on one side and my 10 nest boxes accessible from the outside. I'll post more pics as progress is made.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    On a trip to Hawaii we visited a farm and saw just such a coop - I asked and the farmer said that it worked really well. He would just move it every week to 10 days, and the hens would follow along to there new site.
     
  3. tinzman8

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    Updated pics
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  4. NinjaRooster

    NinjaRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, if I ever find a small trailer, I may just have to build myself (my chickens) one of those.
    Sure looks cool![​IMG]
     
  5. igrowgrass

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    I'm in the planning stages of designing something like that myself.

    I'd be interested to see your layout for your roosts and boxes and see how many birds you plan on keeping in there?

    Thanks
     
  6. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's on it's way and looking good!
     
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    Just wanting to follow along. [​IMG]
     
  8. tinzman8

    tinzman8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan on running anywhere from 36-48 birds, it's going to have 12 nest boxes on one side and roosts on the other. I'll keep updating as I make progress.
     
  9. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking forward to the updates.
     
  10. tinzman8

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    Got the rafters up and ready for the aluminum roof. Also got started on the nest boxes. The nesting boxes will be attached to the back, and they will have doors to gather eggs from the outside.
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