We’ve been playing around with chicken house designs for a while now. The first version was low-slung with two wheels at one end and two handles at the other. It can be moved easily by one person as long as the terrain is reasonably un-bumpy.
The whole roof is hinged and inside there’s a single perch and four nesting boxes.
We found it was the perfect size for bantams, though we have also used it when we needed to segregate a few Light Brahma hens with Bill during breeding season. This solid house has a locking door for security at night. That door opened into a wire chute, which led to one of our hoop-house design wire runs. The whole thing (house plus attached portable run) is easily moved and, for a few bantams, provides lots of protection from birds of prey (we have trouble with eagles, ravens, and hawks). They get fresh grass and safe outdoor living while being protected. But, it was really too small for full-sized chickens on a long-term basis.
So, we built a bigger chicken house and a larger attached run-out, which will be the subject of a future post.
Interesting. I like the way this is designed, but I too need something bigger for bigger and more birds. A bigger version of this would be too heavy to lift, I’m guessing. Wider base? Wire for top half of sides? Have you seen Eliot Coleman’s chickshaws? Garden cart based, aluminum frames…I don’t have the know how to do the frames, but the garden cart base gives me ideas.
Stay tuned… I’ll be posting more photos soon of our later efforts. I haven’t seen the chickshaws – will check them out.