The Coop is finished and the chickens approve. This was overall a pretty quick project once I was able to focus.
The chickens come and go during the day by using the ramp and when the sun goes down they huddle inside for rest. I simply close the door and when morning arrives the door is open so they can enjoy another day of open free range.
Let’s take a look at how this project came together, it really wasn’t that difficult to build and remember I just did this from scratch without a plan.
Before I added any chicken wire I painted the frame. This is really important because painting after chicken wire has been added is a pain.
The wire was attached using a heavy duty staple gun. Notice I framed in the bottom from the outside, it was easier than trying to crawl inside with twisty chicken wire.
The house of the coop was closed in with pine fence boards; this addition was drilled in place in a matter of minutes once the wood was cut to the correct size.
The final touches included the door, roof, paint and wheels. Adding the wheels can be pretty tricky because you have to drill a pilot hole first then attach using a bolt.
I used plastic wash tubs for nesting boxes because they’re easy to clean and made sure to add a couple bricks in the bottom before the hay to keep them from tipping over.
For whatever reason these hens like to stand on the rim.
The hens are happy inside and out of the coop, they come and go as they please all day and I’m thrilled because this coop is easy to keep clean.
A coop like this can house up three hens comfortably; I recommend letting them free range during the day because exercise is a good.
If you’re thinking about raising chickens I highly recommend going mobile, it’s a great way to raise chickens naturally.