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A "mobile home" for chickens.

Ours is a portable henhouse which has been used on two different properties in the last 14 years and will go with us to our next and hopefully final home stead. It was made from an old trailer chassis and scrap materials.

The roof is scrap aluminum siding. Scrap opaque corrugated fiberglass panels allow light inside. Scrap lumber was used for the remainder of the unit, which includes nests that open from the outside for ready access to eggs.

The unit is supported at the front end to keep the trailer tongue off the ground and at the back end (with blocks of wood) to maintain a level house and to keep weight off the tires.

The hinged opening is locked at night and opened in the morning. (We have a variety of predators.) A similar opening at the back is currently kept locked, but is suitable for use when the unit is up against a fence to allow the chickens into a separate grazing area.

The lattice triangle at the top was made from a bug-killed, hand-sawn pine tree. Behind the lattice is a triangular board that opens to the inside to allow ventilation and can be closed on cold nights. There is a similar design at the rear of the house.

The front board is nailed at the two top corners and hinged at the bottom and provides a large opening for cleaning the inside of the coop. In this picture the nest box, with dividers, is open for access to eggs.

The picture shows the inside of the coop and the ladder (one at the front, one at the rear) that allows the chickens to climb to several overhead roosts for night-time perching. This ladder pulls out when cleaning the coop.

After 14 years, we--and a few generations of chickens--are still pleased with the design and portability of this unit and it should be going strong for many years to come.

This chicken house was free -- for the moving

Over the years we've raised day-old chicks to maturity, and our hens are laying big eggs in the nests of our chicken house.

It's just a small place for a few chickens. It doesn't have any special features, really. It has two hanging feeders, one waterer, a roost, and 12-hole nest. One corner is the feed storage area.

The best part is, the building was free. Our neighbor was going to tear it down. We put it on skids and moved it to our place. A few minor repairs, and it has served us well ever since.
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Title Annotation:portable henhouse
Author:Kuiper, Joan
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:May 1, 1994
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