Wheels on the catawba ark? And other ark q's...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rebecuna, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. rebecuna

    rebecuna Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2012
    Has anyone done this? Their FAQ says "Wheels are outside the scope of this plan. I have an idea for wheels, but it would require the services of a welder to create the frame." I'm wondering about extending the bottom long boards, cutting at an angle, and attaching wheels. Anyone see a reason that wouldn't work? My other thought was some sort of retractable wheel on a lever, but that seems more complicated.

    Also, I need to be able to house 7 chickens... I've read some complaints that the catawba is very heavy-- I'll need to extend it 2-3 feet to fit 7 chickens comfortably (right? I'm planning to only have nest boxes on one end to extend the roost already). Will wheels make it manageable or should I be looking at a different design or lighter materials?

    I'm feeling paralyzed by all the choices, and really want to have a nice coop for this first (and hopefully only) try. But my growing babies in the basement are pushing me toward decisions and this is "go" day. Agh!!

    ETA: I have 2 each of these breeds: speckled sussex, buff orp, welsummer, and delaware. At least one is looking to be a roo, and we can't keep those, so that's why I'm thinking 7 :) We're raising them for eggs.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012

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