Jay Angler wrote:Sounds like a fun and useful project!
What are the dimensions of your wood base, so I've got some perspective?
Our sheds are on wheels and I find wheels are better in the wet season as they don't tear up the turf. I find it hard to keep the overall weight down while still housing everything you need.
I've found that summers are busiest, so even if you have to shut down the water catchment system in the winter in the coldest weather, you'll still be ahead. That said, I would want to be checking on the birds at least once a day even if it's just to collect eggs, so that I spot little problems before they become big ones. A sick bird caught early often recovers if I put them in the "chicken hospital" (a tote with a hardware cloth covered lid) where they don't need to compete for food or water. My most recent occupant was spotted limping - 2 days of rest and she's been fine ever since.
I've had five years of feeding and watering several times a week, which isn't really a bad thing but since we're tripling our flock size, I'm looking for a way to reduce the food & water labor.
Tj Jefferson wrote: I have a bunch of data points from my brother as well, we both built mobile coops. Mine is just more awesomer...