It’s no secret when I’m raising chickens, mobile coops are preferred. I’ve been asked many times why and the answer is always the same. I just can’t stand cleaning up after chickens, their poo is perfectly rank and it gives me a headache.
There are additional reasons why I like mobile coops and they can be discovered here.
Building a mobile coop is the easy part; I recently started a new chicken coop project designed after the DIY coop published in Backyard Poultry this spring. This new coop is a little smaller and I moved the nesting box to the back wall. I’m still trying to decide if I like it because if I’m being completely honest I’m not even sure I want to raise a flock of chickens again.
With that being said…. I really do miss those farm fresh eggs so I guess a small flock could be justified.
Finding Wheels for Mobile Chicken Coops
Wheels are a very important mobile chicken coop detail because once it’s finished the structure is heavy. Moving the coop without wheels would be difficult unless you created some type of slide motion by pulling with a three-wheeler. Since that wasn’t an option here I stuck with the idea of using wheels.
We’ve almost always used a hard wheel base tire because air tires get punctured rather quickly. Simple things like thorns from bois d arc trees can put holes in a tire immediately.
We’ve shopped everywhere and the prices for just one hard wheel tire is ridiculous… It’s very common to spend $100 just on wheels so when I built this coop I decided it was time to venture past the farm stores to see what I could find.
I discovered 5-inch hard wheels on a swivel at Northern Tool for $8.00 each; they were having a BOGO sale so I hit the jackpot. I’m going to guess you can get an even better price at Harbor Freight as their prices are always reasonable and normally have a larger inventory.
It was really sweet to find an affordable option that works.
Securing the Tires onto the Chicken Coop
Securing the tires is pretty simple but you have to plan during the building process. I used 4 x 4’s cut to fit the inside bottom of the coop frame. They work like support beams connected from the frame using screws.
The wheels are bolted in place with a hand socket and heavy-duty screws. I drilled pilot holes first prior to inserting the screws to keep the wood from splitting, this little detail is so important!
Once the wheels were attached it was time to push the coop and see if these wheels were up to moving this mobile coop. They worked like a charm and I really like the swivel because it makes navigation a breeze. You can also purchase wheels with a foot lock if you prefer.
These wheels don’t have that desire to roll, they seem pretty cozy once stalled in place which was another bonus. This chicken coop is ready for the new property, Quail Grove and my tools can officially be loaded up for storage. The big question is this, “What type of Egg Layers should I choose?”