• I made this hoop coop with no help in a weekend. I used two cattle panels, 4 2x6s for the base, light lumber for the rest of it (I wanted it to be light enough to drag around by hand), chicken wire for the upper part of the coop, hardware cloth for the lower part. The whole thing is covered in a silver UV protected tarp. Inside, feeders hang and the roosts and nesting box are removable. There is a door in either end so that the coop can be divided to hold birds being fattened for processing in half of it or to separate breeding trios. Panels for these two purposes can be removed and stored for the next time they are needed. Ropes are tied around the base on either end so the coop can be dragged. It takes two people to drag it to a fresh area of pasture. We have 32 birds and they are comfortable in there, but they are on pasture all day. After processing 16 cockerels, we'll be left with 16 birds who will live inside it through our New England winters. We may surround the house with bales of straw to keep out drafts and drifts, and we'll drop the tarp down over the back (it's twice as long as the coop), leaving one door accessible. The birds will have a bulb or two for light to keep them laying, and their water will be heated to prevent freezing, but no other heating/insulating will be done. The open end will be faced away from prevailing winds. They should be quite comfortable.

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  1. chirpy
    We have chicken tractors that myself and my husband build. Our chickens love them. Each one has a run and a fully functional house on them, the food is under the house so it stays dry and the water is out in the run (made out of a 5gal. bucket with chicken nipples on the bottom. The back where their house is we have wheels and on the front we have two pieces of 2x4 with holes so we can run an iron pole thru and I can move them by myself. Our newest one is bigger at 12ft and it has 4 wheels this one is extreamly easy to move, just a little hard for me to turn cause none of the wheels swivel.
  2. CountryMama
    @woody With big staples--the kind you pound in with a hammer.
  3. CountryMama
    It's pretty sturdy. My husband took apart an old metal cart and put the "axels" on two sides of the base. When it's time to move it, we slide the wheels on (my husband has to lift up the house while I slide them on), lock them into place with pins, and then the two of us pull the house with a rope that is also attached to the base. It's a little bit heavy, but between the two of us, we manage just fine. It only takes us about 10 or 15 minutes.
  4. Molenski1
    I love this design! I live in an orchard (lots of land) but my animals cannot roam, per mandates on farm animals here. This would allow the free-range and foraging access, while keeping contained. I am going to study to see if I could modify it a bit (make sturdier) and put this on wheels...what do you think?
  5. woody
    How did you secure the panels to the boards?
  6. TRACYLEAJARVIS
    i've seena similar design down here in Texas. I'm thinking of trying it out as I may need to relocate my birds to a different situation. soon.
  7. CountryMama
    @earl - Yes, this would definitely be good for that. I've been thinking of making another for just that reason.
  8. earl
    I like it very much, I have been looking for ieads for grow out coops, this just might work