Moving a chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by waddles99, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I need some advice regarding moving a chicken coop about 200 feet. It is a smallish coop, 3 x 4, but weighs about 500 lbs. I am going to have it delivered on a trailer, but after that, it still needs to move 200 feet. It isn't really an option to drive back there since it is a yard. How do people move coops to their locations? I was thinking of sliding it on boards but 200 feet is a long distance!
     
  2. Golden2

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    I'd say put it on 2 4x4 skids and get 2-3 round fence posts and slid it. OR on the flat moving dollys from HF they are cheap and don't hurt to have around If it's that heavy maybe use a come along and chains to pull it.


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  3. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds pretty heavy for a 3' x 4' coop.

    My Woods house was made to be moved. It is 8' x 12'. It was built on skids or runners made from 4' x 6' treated timbers. Note the wires placed in front to hook to. I used a small tractor to move it, but on dry ground it slid easy. Didn't even skuf the grass.

    You could do the same thing with 2' x 4' lumber laid flat on the ground. It should slide easy.

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  4. sackosuds

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    Pipe. 4" pvc and it'll roll like its on wheels. Just have to keep moving the rear pipe to the front. You'll be able to turn it too.
     
  5. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a pic of the coop if it helps:
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    It is already on skids but I dont want to have it chew up the grass by sliding it. I like the PVC idea and the moving dolly idea. I guess my biggest concern is ripping up the grass.
     
  6. Flock In Texas

    Flock In Texas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could mount wheels on it or mount skids on it for the move.
     
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  7. sackosuds

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    Maybe try and slide a couple of 2x4s under those legs...long ways. 2 or 3 lengths of pvc and you'll be able to push or pull it yourself I'd bet. Ive moved a few heavy sheds much bigger than that the same way. It will work.
     
  8. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What thickness pvc would you recommend?
     
  9. Boerne Bell

    Boerne Bell New Egg

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    We have our coop on wheels and we move it every 3 to 4 days to keep the grass looking good. We also have a run that is on wheels too that we move with a tractor. It takes us about 10 minutes to move them both and reconnect them. It has been very easy and the grass looks great.
     
  10. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wheels are going to be a bit too expensive and labor involved for a one time move....
     

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