Since we picked up 14 chicks about four weeks ago, we have been on a time clock. We knew that we had about a month to get a coop ready for them. Of course we waited until last week to build it.
After considerable back and forth, we decided on the Justin Rhodes ChickShaw. We have land for the chickens to free range. We decided it was more important to shuttle them around the fields than to have a permanent coop. The ChickShaw can hold 40 birds which makes it a great mobile home.
Here are some pictures from start to finish. We are no construction guru’s and this was a simple coop to build. Justin provides excellent information along with a YouTube video (see ChickShaw link above).
We picked up a great 10′ x 20′ canopy from Amazon to setup across from our tool shed.
Next we located the wood, polycarbonate panels, and hardware. A table saw, circular saw, and drills were the primary tools needed.
The coop has a mesh floor to let the manure drop through. There are four nest boxes and a dust bath. The tires are flat proof. Best of all, it really is easy to move it around for one person. Justin shows his young boy moving 30+ birds around his fields. It is that easy.
We will let you know how it works out after a few months but I am pretty sure it will be both thumbs up.
Be well & green dreams!