help me make a portable coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nutcase, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Songster

    Dec 2, 2012
    My Coop
    Hey everyone, please post your thoughts in this thread:

    I am thinking of making a portable coop which I can move around the yard at will (sort of like a cheap tractor). Can anyone help me? It doesn't need to be huge or anything but I would prefer easy, affordable materials.
  2. macgeoghagen

    macgeoghagen In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2012
    Are you looking for an all inclusive thing that they will spend all their time inside, or just sleeping/laying quarters?

    I made a hutch about a year and a half ago. 12 square feet, sleeps 15 medium chickens comfortably or 20 uncomfortably. Materials and paint cost about 120.00 and took an afternoon to build using hand tools. They sleep and lay in it, but spend most of their waking hours in an outdoor run. I also have an 8+- square foot hutch, but I will need to re-draw the plans for it.

    The larger one has wheels, the smaller I tie to a hand truck to move.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  3. PaulScott

    PaulScott In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    if you give us a idea of more exactly what your wanting ill be glad to help
  4. n2omike

    n2omike In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2012
    If you have access to an old riding mower, remove the wheels/axles. After you do this, drill holes in the frame of the coop floor, jack it up, and install the axles through the holes. It's what I did, and it works. I made the frame double walled at the bottom for more support. I also drilled a hole through the axle so it could be held in place by a cotter pin. (placed in the space between the double walls of the frame)

    You can see the holes in frame below the house section.

    I screw extensions to the front (door) side of the coop to give more leverage when it comes time to lift it and move it around.

    Good Luck!

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  5. chicken dude

    chicken dude In the Brooder

    Dec 26, 2012
    I like the hoophouse design. it starts with a rectangle 2x4 base. then cattle fencing is bent and placed inside the two length sides of the frame. then some more cattle fencing squares are places on the sides width sides for the doors.
  6. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Songster

    Oct 12, 2012
    Southwest Desert
    Doesn't get any easier or more affordable than stuff laying around
    the garage. This was temporary until the tractor was built.
    They are happy in either

    Actually, I think they may feel a lot safer in this one.
    Was built from mostly scrap wood. We bought a sheet of
    plywood, a few 2x4's and hardware cloth. Slapped on a coat of
    left over paint and there you have it. We have to make some
    modifications but this is our first crack at it.
  7. foulplay

    foulplay Chirping


    These are two of my many chicken coops. They are used for my meat birds and they work very well the one on the right has wheels while the one on the left doesn't have wheels it is all preference. The one on the left is 8x6 and the one on the right is 4x16. Good luck

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