New mobile pasture coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by adkhunter1590, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. adkhunter1590

    adkhunter1590 Chirping

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    Hello everyone. I just wanted to share some pics of a new mobile pasture coop I’m working on that will house the 100 new chicks we have growing in our living room at the moment! Lol. Winter has really dragged itself out this year here in upstate NY so it’s been too cold to have the chicks in the garage or our stationary coop outside next to the house.
    I’ve been eyeballing mobile pasture coops since last summer and finally decided this was the year we would dive in and make it happen. I got some help from my neighbor who’s a full time farmer on finding a good set of wagon running gear and went to work on fully rehabbing it.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/FgrzcHtIv0u7ZoIp1
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Cw7odxbjoIu4mZHu2
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    After sanding the running gear down and giving it a fresh coat of paint along with the wheels we put on new pressure treated 4x6-16 ft boards to be the main frame rails. Topped those off with pressure treated 4x4s. O and all 4 wheels got some new used tires since the ones that came on it weren’t much good.

    All other lumber for this build is going to be rough cut pine or hemlock. I like working with true dimensional lumber, much easier and it’s much stronger. Probably overkill for a chicken coop but I wanted it to be sturdy for a long time. My neighbor had a 4by8ft panel of heavy gauge expanded metal that we centered in the middle of the floor in order to let droppings fall through to fertilize our fields. A daily sweep with a broom around the edges should keep the inside pretty clean. The added ventilation is another bonus.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZVqD4GrgW1Iq0AFu2

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/oyClQ71sjTb7W9VI2

    Here’s the first wall going up. This side is 6 ft tall and the other side will be 7ft. The 7ft wall will have 2 windows and a full size steel exterior door that was recycled from a home remodel project.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/PzYRXKXkfa4a3ibd2

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/RHGVriwnSVSmy1ST2

    That’s as far as we’ve gotten so far. I have to pick up more lumber this weekend to finish the end walls and roof framing. I work full time so I’m picking away at this thing whenever I get a spare few hours. The siding will be board and batten rough cut as well. Lowe’s has cheap single pane single hung windows meant for pole barns and such that I’ll pick up next week hopefully. O and the most exciting part will be the solar powered automatic chicken door that will be installed as well! Also planning on building a small deck off the back to hold a 55gal barrel to feed a pvc water nipple system that will run underneath the coop. I’m trying to make this coop extremely easy to maintain our flock as we lead pretty busy lives. I’ll update this as work progresses but I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer and had to show somebody! Haha.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/5cFavnUvr4Uuljg23
     
  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    Sounds wonderful! I wish I could see the pics but I don't click on outside BYC links. Sounds like you put a lot of hard work into your project. Enjoy! cool.png
     
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  3. adkhunter1590

    adkhunter1590 Chirping

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    Sorry for the pics being in links! I’m on my iPhone and can’t get pics to upload straight to this site. Everytime I click on upload a file it tells me I have no pictures on my phone!? I just spent the better part of an hour searching for a good place to upload pics to that would allow me to share like photobucket used to do before they started charging an outrageous price. I figured google photos had to be the safest app I could use to share pics.
     
  4. tootmany

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    I love the use of recycling :) following and looking forward to seeing the completed project!!
     
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    It's ok.. no worries..:)
     
  6. MaggieMay'sMom

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    Thanks for sharing.

    It looks like it will be really strong.

    Please keep us updated .
     
  7. jthornton

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    Don't click on the photo icon, use the Upload a File button.

    How do you plan on keeping the nipple system from freezing in the winter?

    I'd bet a lot of poop will get stuck to the grating...

    JT
     
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  8. adkhunter1590

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    At the moment I don’t plan on using this for winter housing. I have another coop and run already that I can move them into. I’ve got heated waterers in the other coop already.

    The upload a file button is the one I’m hitting, but it says my iPhone contains no pictures. Not sure how to fix that issue. I wish you could still use Tapatalk for this forum.

    I plan on poop getting stuck to the grating. The holes are pretty large that most should fall through. Anything that doesnt should go right down after running a stiff bristle broom over it quick. Roost bars will be hinged so I can lift them up to have easy access to work inside.
     
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    O and I almost forgot to mention nest boxes. Instead of traditional style boxes we are going to spring for some rollaway boxes by hengear.
    https://hengear.com/

    Will most likely mount these against the front or back walls, maybe both. We don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning eggs so this should help cut down on that by a huge amount. Hengear also has a controller to drop the roost bars at a preset time in the morning so I can keep the girls from sleeping in the boxes but I won’t have to rush out in the AM to drop the bar so they can start to lay. I’ll tie this into the battery/solar panel system.
    By using these boxes I’ll also be able to remove them during winter and remount them inside my winter coop. I’ve put a lot of thought into how to make this the easiest coop to operate and switch between summer and winter coops. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to chime in, I’m always looking for better ideas on how to do things.
     
  10. jthornton

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    I can see why the auto roost bar is needed in a commercial hen house, watching the video the roosts are lower than the nest boxes so you would have to close them off before night time to prevent the chickens from roosting in the nest box. I assume the nest boxes are placed at a comfortable height for a person to collect eggs in the commercial hen house.

    You will love the clean eggs from a roll out nest box. My neighbor has to wash all her eggs from the conventional nests she has. I built a roll out nest box and except for the occasional feather the eggs are spotless. About once every other week I pull out the false floor and use a brush to clean the dirt and feathers off.

    JT
     

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