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Willy Walker
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I'm going to post a few pictures of my chicken house on wheels. The design was inspired by a family members coupe. Soon I will be moving to a hard wooded forest area and the mobility factor will be awesome. At the moment we are crashing at a friends house and they are in about a 1/4 acre of yard with a heavy border of weeds that I have allowed to manifest.

This is so close to being finished, I am hoping the post will encourge me to completion. I need to paint the trim, finish a window for summer ventilation, complete the nest box lid and possibly add mobility features such as watering pipes, feed pipes and automatic door.


Hope you enjoy the pictures.
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Frame pickup day, a craigslist find, excellent price!
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Willy Walker
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The floor space is 4 feet x 10 feet
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A little nite work is needed in the winter months
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the roosts were added and removed a few times as the imagination flexed
 
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I seem to not follow the process to well in pictures here. Most likely as I had a bout of changes. I also mounted the sides, then removed for pictures.

I think you get the point anywho!
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That door area in the last picture is to allow inside access to egg box and catch all the eggs that miss the box and also possible a winter feed / water access.

See how I changed the front into a storage, much better.

I also remember how cold it was, could be one more reason for lack of pictures.
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Then I changed the front for a single door
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The rear of the house
 
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The chickens roost fairly high into the ceiling area. This allows for a warmer winter night.

The floor is a hardware cloth so no bedding to gather moisture or clean
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final roost configuration
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insulated and air sealed the top to control air / moisture movement
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I had to deploy the house as the "temp" house wasn't doing a good job in the middle of winter. We were in between homes and so were the girls.

The entrance is the ramp the lowers / raises from the floor. This works well but does take some critical space from the foot print.

During the transition I was glad to have not completed the nest boxes as this served well as an entrance to the strange place. It took the girls about 5 nights to fully transition. I would close the EDPM door at night for safety.
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This temporary place is very windy! Had to add a curtain of EDPM, actually was a fantastic idea and worked very well. kept the house about 12 degrees above ambient and humidity was not an issue. The curtain was easily pulled off a few screws and was folded up and placed in the front storage area after winter. PERFECT!

I keep the temp housing around through the winter.
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Hey look an egg box!

Looks the same today. Just not sure how I want to finish the lid. I like the rubber. The left over roof pieces just don't allow for it to fully open. Still thinking....

Oh and I have finished the window above the egg box but can't seem to find any pictures, it opens up from the bottom and seals well when closed.
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Its a bit heavy to move around on anything but flat ground. The mower does a fine job.

I didn't give any detail to this feature, we will call it a recovery door. I have framed one of the side panels and cut and installed it ever so that it will come out with two screws. Turns out I have taken this off and placed hardware cloth in its place during the summer for more ventilation. I will turn this into a permanent door / full window.

The front storage is completely sealed up to keep critters from making it a home.

I have added hooks to the side to allow for fast installation of a tarp, which is tied out to a tree to provide an awning. This feature must be expanded as it is needed and has potential.

Cleaning is now amazing as maybe every 4 months I take a rake and flip it upside down and knock a few of clumps through.

I am considering using a piece of EDPM to lay under the house to allow for collection of poo as I will feel a great void without it in my compost area.

The low profile does a good job of keeping it from flipping.

Currently it sleeps 9 girls, better ventilation and I would feel comfortable adding at least 5 more, maybe more. In the winter, no problem with more.


I just picked up a small wagon kit to repeat this for my mom who just got 6 chicks. New Post to follow........
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