If you’re tired of…
all the nasty chicken mess in the barn,
pot holes and bare patches of earth from chickens scratching,
having to clean out your chicken house, all the nasty feather/dander/dirt in the air?
Well, a portable coop is your solution! I’m going to share with you how we made our chicken tractor! Here’s our video on YouTube, enjoy and let me know how you like it!
We had our chicken coop in the barn for four years and the air and nastiness was more than my sinus could handle. Fortunately, my Hubby is a talented craftsman and he made us this portable Chicken Wagon Coop that we pull around our pastures.
Basic dimensions of the wagon are 7.5′ x 16′. The side walls are 4′ for the straight part and the roof goes up to 6′ at the ridge. We have about 40 chickens in there and we are not even close to maxing it out. There’s tons of room left.
The base is an old hay or cotton wagon running gear. Refurbishing and finding an old running gear was a big challenge. The very used and old running gear cost us $350, new tires and rims about $400, paint stripper and paint $50, sweat and tears $free 😉 I called around and for a running gear brand new this size with a flooring it was around $5,000 to $6,000 so rigging one up was well worth the effort!
Building the base
Framing and roofing the wagon
Building the chicken nest boxes
Windows on the wagon
30 Gallon bulk water tank
150 lb Bulk Chicken Feeder
Our chickens were use to going back to the barn to roost and we also had geese that wanted to live on our porch. The solution to our transition to their new coop was connecting two temporary electric poultry nets, a quick ground rod and a solar energizer. We can also keep our guard dogs in the pen there when we need to. We have sandy loam (pure sugar sand) and if we don’t get rain we can’t get a good ground. The solution is a five gallon bucket filled with water and a small hole on the bottom that slowly drips on the ground rod.
Are your chickens and waterfowl on pasture and moved around? I’d love to hear how you do it! Please comment below.
This post is featured at Homestead Barn Hop.