What to do with chickens when moving portable coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sweeterdeeter42, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you do with the chickens when you move your portable coop? Do they just run along with it while you move it?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Yup, that's about all you can do unless you have two tractors....
     
  3. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    be really careful -I have heard horror stories about people running Oder their chickens!
     
  4. suzyQlou

    suzyQlou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it depends on how your tractor is set up. Mine has a fully-enclosed coop area that I close up at night. I move my tractor with the girls inside of the coop area. I've also been known to let the ladies out to free range a little bit while I get the tractor set up for the next day.

    I haven't had much luck moving the open run-part of the tractor with the hens inside. I'm not very graceful as I tug the thing along, and I'm afraid of squishing someone's toes.
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are out free ranging when I move it.
     
  6. Horizon Structures

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    Yes, you can just move it with them in the run so long as you go slow and pay attention!
     
  7. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree, I move mine first think in the morning when they are still stuck in the nesting area, then let the ramp down. Not sure how yours is set up though.
     
  8. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I havent actually built mine yet. Im trying to get all of my questions answered first so I can plan and build the best coop
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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011
  9. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My portable coop has a roosting/nesting area so when every one goes to bed I close the door and than move it, that way I don’t have to worry about hurting a hen while moving it.
     
  10. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just go slow and take care not to trap any legs under the back! [​IMG]

    Letting them free range for the afternoon may be an option for you too, or the moving it at night is another good option.
     

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