How I built my portable Chicken Coop and Chicken Pen
I am not going to drag this post out…we now have 8 chickens in the backyard. As you can see from the pictures, I put the chicken coop on wheels so I could move it around the backyard as needed. I did not want a mud pit developing from a stationary coop. The coop is 4′W x 8′L and 6′H to the peak. It has 4 nesting boxes, and a self feeder that holds about 100 pounds of starter feed. I added vents to the peak, windows to the front for ventilation. I also, added 1/2″ x 1/2″ fencing to the inside of the windows so they could not peck the screen or a predator could not push through the screen over night.
I added an old truck bed-liner to the bottom of the coop. You can do this by calling your local Line-X dealer and ask for a free plastic bed-liner. Anyway, I put straw on top of the bed-liner, so the chickens don’t know the difference, but it allows me to pull the entire floor out so I can discard all the chicken leftovers. I dump it in the garden during none growing seasons and then just hose off the plastic liner and reinsert.
I mounted the red heat lamp from when they were chicks in the house as well. I plug this in during cold nights. It works perfect because it will keep the roost where they sleep about 15-20 degrees warmer than outside. I mounted a thermometer inside the windows so I can see the temperature inside the coop.
The portable pen was made out of PVC piping. I used this because it was weather proof, easy to put together and light enough for the kids or wife to move around the backyard. It is 8′W x 15′L x 3′H. I added a swinging door at one end so the kids could easily access the pen to change water or whatever needed. I also added a 8′ x 6′ tarp to the top for shade. This is very important during hot days. The chickens seem to prefer the shaded area in the middle of the day. I used chicken wire and plastic tie straps to hold the wire to the PVC.
I hope this gives you some good ideas if you are considering a coop and pen. My goal starting this was for it to be portable, as attractive as a coop can be and fun for the kids. I believe we accomplished all of this with this setup.
The last thing I plan on doing soon, is spray painting the PVC piping green so it blends in a bit more with the grass.