In between house building, blacksmith work, and all-around handyman activities, my husband Brian has been hard at work building our chickens a home. Back in Oregon, he envisioned a moveable chicken coop on wheels and created this:
Nest boxes on both sides that were easy to access from the outside for egg collection, a large fold-down door at the rear for bedding changes, bike wheels for easy transport, and a front door that led into their run. Functional, very practical, but not really sexy.
Building this new coop provided Brian with a chance to create what he always envisioned – a gypsy caravan-esque structure that is as adorable as it is functional.
A trailer tongue sticks out from the base of the coop for easy transport. Ella stands in front of the door to the nest boxes…
…which folds down for easy access to eggs!
The chickens enter and exit from this ramp, which folds up at night to keep predators out. Feed is hung to minimize scratching and wasting. The hanger came from a barn tear-down, and while we do not know what it is, it’s mighty cool looking!
The front door opens wide to allow us entry for cleaning, repair, etc. The first few nights, we noticed that all the chickens wanted to be on the upper roost, so Brian has since added a second high perch.
What I love about this coop is that it is really functional, super cute (with a blue roof that matches our house-in-the-making!), and was made almost entirely out of reclaimed barn wood. The hardware and the roof were the only components that were purchased new.
Now we wait patiently for the not-soon-enough day when we’ll once again be collecting our own eggs, from this sexy little coop.