Erik Lee wrote:Craig -- after some of the discussion of size here, I had the idea that you could make a coop that is basically a mobile elevated hoop house covered with some extra heavy duty fabric or very thin plywood with a membrane over it. It would have to be guyed down to keep the wind from blowing it over, but hoop houses are strong and lightweight. Kind of a covered wagon for pioneer chickens. I think that would make things a lot lighter, and the ribs would provide convenient attachment points for roosting bars. The nest boxes would have to be put on the ends where you had a vertical wall to work with. I may give this a shot, I'm a big fan of lightweight contraptions. The only thing is I'm not sure what to do about the floor.
Devon Olsen wrote:what about building a paddock with the shelter in the middle?
then simply close off all but one of the areas at a time, then you don't have to move the coop and the chickens are still being rotated
the reason i suggest this is because it makes it possible to build a Sepp Holzer inpired coop that is insulated by the earth...
just a thought
Chris Kott wrote:
As to really mobile coop designs, I urge any who don't know what I'm talking about to check out the design of the ancient chinese wheelbarrow. If I'm not mistaken, it looks like a conventional western one,except the wheel is larger and placed back where the legs are on the conventional design, meaning that to lift and move the load, one pushes down on the handles, aided by one's weight, as opposed to having to lift most of the weight fighting gravity and still having to push it. You could design a mobile chicken coop with wheels on one side and handlebars on the wheel side that fold or slide in when not in use, and as long as they socket into the frame, one could build a very large coop and move it alone. The chinese moved hundreds of pounds at a time using this principle, if not tonnes.