Images wanted for ideas of housing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by anthonyjames, May 5, 2011.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have added big time to my flock of hens. Currently I have 50. But I just added 150 more to my flock. I want to put them out on pasture with other hens and there are many things I have read and have mental images of for pasture housing.

    Eggmobiles, trailers, etc. Can people post some images of what they have possibly a few of them to get the full scope?

    Thanks
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just built a hoop house for my meaties, and after I got it done and was looking, I think it would be great to house hens out on the pasture. It's 5' at the apex of the arch, which is plenty of height for a roost and to get the nesting box up off the ground. I will get a pic of it and post. I was a bit skeptical about this style of tractor at first, but after using it for a week now, I really like it. I told my DW it was the G2 model.
     
  3. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bigredfeather,
    I'm anxious to see what you built. I also want to hear from you after a wind storm. I have high hopes...
     
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:..........Ha, ha, ha. You know, I had concerns about this even before I started building it. I'm hoping the treated 2"x6"s I used for the base will be enough weight on the bottom to hold it down in the event of high winds. It is pretty heavy. I hope I'm right and you're wrong.
     
  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Two tractors, similar in design. 2 feet tall, 8x8. Each one currently houses 30+ CX.

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  6. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just so everyone is aware I am looking for idea's for layers. I know many of you have lots of them.

    I am looking for something that is moveable and easily made but won't blow away and can hold 150 to 300 layers
     
  7. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I saw this thread, and tried to reply. However, being a new poster, I am not allowed to post any pictures.

    What we have done is take old hay wagon running gears and build 8' x 16' gambrel roofed chicken coops on them.
     
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  8. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll try again .....

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  9. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TDM,

    It looks like you built a solid floor in there as well. Nice looking moveable coop.
     
  10. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I made the beams from four 2" x 8" x 16' pressure treated boards, laminated in pairs. Then I used five 4" x 4" x 8' pressure treated boards spaced every four feet, with 2" x 4" x 8' pressure treated boards on 16" centers between the 4" x 4" s. The deck was then covered with 3/4" pressure treated 4' x 8' s.

    I allow 2 square feet per bird, considering that they only use the coop to lay and roost.
     

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