The Mobile Chicken Coop

Close up of a welsummer rooster's head.

This is Han Solo, our rooster. Good lookin’ boy isn’t he? All of our chickens are welsummers, and they all look the same, so Han is the only one with a name. 

Today I’m gonna show you our chicken setup. It’s kind of a cross between a coop and a tractor. Ryan designed and built it. He attached straps to one end that he uses to pull it to a new spot every couple of days. Moving the coop makes sure the chickens always have fresh clover to munch on, and they aren’t laying around in their poop 24/7. 

Simple mobile chicken coop design.
Pulling straps for the chicken tractor.

Another bonus is that it fertilizes our clover mound for us. The coop leaves patches of eaten clover behind it, but in a week or so it bounces back and looks better than ever. We also have a few fruit trees planted on this mound, so we like getting those extra nutrients to the trees too.

Showing rectangular empty patches behind the mobile chicken coop where the chickens have eaten down the clover.
Spots where the clover has recovered after having the chicken tractor on it.

On the inside, the coop is two stories. The bottom is where they spend most of their time during the day. They like to dig, scratch, munch clover, and lounge around. At night, they venture up the ramp where Ryan has a few perches set up for them. Each end of the coop opens up at the top so we can give them food and water. It’s been a nice setup for us!

Welsummer chickens inside a mobile chicken coop.
Upper level of the mobile chicken coop.
Backside of the chicken tractor where the door is.
Our simple mobile chicken coop setup. We move it every day or two so the chickens always have fresh ground, and are always protected from predators.
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