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Project by Patch2020 posted 01-14-2015 03:29 AM 2308 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I roll it around next to our big oak trees and keep them fertilized.

-- Patch2020, Tennessee





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 03:39 AM

Cool idea! I have a friend that has birds and has to move once every 2 years might be a good idea for him.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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falegniam

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 04:47 AM

build another one, and put engines in both, so the chickens can play chicken, to see which chicken is the real chicken.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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ncdon

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 10:42 AM

Is that the coopmobile ?

-- Don, North Carolina,http://www.ncdon.com Working full time at retired.

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Bermuda_Les

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 01:14 PM

My wife keeps bringing chickens home. Initially they were frozen, so I didn’t mind too much, but now they’re alive, so I’m having to figure out how and where I’m going to keep them. This looks like a very sane idea. Nice job.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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LesB

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#5 posted 01-14-2015 05:39 PM

Great project.
I’m just in the process of designing one myself. I plan to have an extended wire covered run (also portable) to give them more room to hunt and peck.
I would suggest that the birds would be a lot happier if they could actually scratch and peck on the ground. They are also healthier when they can find “natural” food; bugs, grass, weeds and seeds. That reduces your feed costs too. Their yokes become a deep orange color and the organic folks say the eggs are healthier for you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Patch2020

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#6 posted 01-14-2015 07:15 PM

They are set out to forage in the yard almost every day. We have 10 acres with all kinds of oak and nut trees. Most days they barely touch any feed put out they prefer to forage. I have three in that coop and four in another small one that is not portable. Those seven are basically pets and will eat out of my hand. I am almost finished with the large coup to hold about 40 layers and meat birds.

-- Patch2020, Tennessee

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#7 posted 01-14-2015 07:38 PM

Now if you can take your chicken coop and meld it with one of those robot vacuums, it can go all over your yard and fertilize your whole estate!!!

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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Patch2020

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#8 posted 01-14-2015 07:52 PM

I wanted to put a 12 volt motor on each of the back wheels and a battery with a solar charger. Then with the servos and remote from a remote control car be able to drive it from inside the house. Steering would be controlled by regulating the amount of power to each wheel.

-- Patch2020, Tennessee

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redsox9

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 08:24 PM

Great job with the coop! My wife and I just started raising chickens last fall and those girls have fast become part of our family. I assume that on the sides that we cannot see there is a nesting box and access to the inside of the coop for easy cleaning, or does the wire mesh extend inside, too? Also, it looks like both axles are fixed so is it a challenge to move it here and there? Again, nice work!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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Patch2020

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#10 posted 01-14-2015 08:37 PM

The nesting box is on the back. The mesh goes through and I have a bottom that slides in and out. I leave the bottom out in the summer for air flow and slide it in during the winter months to keep out the drafts. The back is held on by screws so that it can be removed for servicing the mesh if anything happens to build up. I have one hen who does not like any wood chips or straw in her nesting box and she will throw it out and clog up the mesh.I have a 40 watt light that I use when the temperature gets too low and it keeps it comfortable for the birds. It isn’t hard to roll or turn as long as you don’t try to turn hard. I kept the front end from under the lawnmower the wheels from in case it didn’t want to turn so that I could make it steerable. The two plates on the front are there so I can put a hitch on it and hook it to one of my mowers to move it. I may get around to it one day but for now I need the exercise.

-- Patch2020, Tennessee

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bigblockyeti

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#11 posted 01-16-2015 09:02 PM

That’s quite ingenious, a portable fertilizer plant. I like the idea of powering the wheels too. Not sure if you have them in your area, but I’d want it to be faster than a coyote.

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Patch2020

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#12 posted 01-17-2015 12:52 AM

We have coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, and occasionally a black bear when Tennessee Wildlife turns some new cubs loose. I had a dog that kept them runoff until someone did away with him. Although I don’t how much good he was since he was afraid of or biggest rooster. ‘In fairness to him every dog that manages to come up gets attacked by the rooster. My wife, daughter, grandkids and mother won’t go in the yard with him without me.

-- Patch2020, Tennessee

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