So basic idea is an A- frame inspired design for approx 50 birds ( central wheel allowing for heavier load with less strain to the operator thus allowing reasonably large size) with fly in nest boxes near the top, roosts in center fly in entrance that will be taller when parked then in motion and an expanded metal or fall through floor to complement pasture and compost based systems by allowing manure to fall directly to the ground
Would love to hear from anyone who's built anything lile this or even has any experience with a Chinese wheel barrow and may have tips for cheap but quality construction of a chinese wheelbarrow
The Chickenbarrow isn't really similar at all. Structurally, it's just a wheelbarrow with a coop built on it. It's a nice coop, but I think the key difference, and advantage to, this idea is that the axle or the centre wheel bears all the weight.
I was thinking of an idea that's similar to this, but based on the largest size available plastic wheelie bins. For flying under the radar in urban and suburban locales where it might not be allowed, I think it would work for three to four laying hens, or up to six bantams. But I won't hijack this thread. My point was that wheelie bins work in a way that's similarly different from the western wheelbarrow.
I like the potential for flexibility with this design idea. You could, for instance, build a low-slung two-wheeled coop structure with sockets into which you put the handles when in use. There could be two sets of these sockets, to enable movement from either end. Or if a heavier construct was desired, the variable handle position idea could be scrapped for one that has a single handle position, but is designed for weight to be applied downward on the handle to raise the resting foot. The handle end could be counter-weighted with, for instance, a water reservoir, to ease movement.
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Ive seen the rhodes chickshaw and unless I build this design I will probably be building one of his in the spring but I have to wonder at the potential of this design to withstand 400-600 lbs of construction materials and therefore accomodate 50-75 birds as opposed to 36
At least thats the idea
The technology should def work for moving and storing pasture feed and water for broilers and I may just have to build one with that purpose in mind, but what to use for a modern wheel?
As for the chickbarrow I love the door/roost contraption and I think that could make the rhodes chickshaw more suited to my purposes (morning- mid day chore time and no one there at night to close up) but it is still based on the western wheelbarrow rather than the chinese wheelbarrow so not quite what I'm looking for inspiration wise
it seems that the combination of the big wheel, and its center location as opposed to being placed at one end and the short legs are what create the height necessary for the fly in door, so perhaps changing these things may help to create the same conditions on the Rhodes' chickshaw...