Portable Chicken Coop
Beautiful Chicken Coop Tractor. (Please share!) Chicken tractors allow a kind of free ranging along with shelter, allowing chickens fresh forage such as grass, weeds and bugs, which widens their diet and lowers their feed needs. Unlike fixed coops, chicken tractors do not have floors so there is no need to clean them out. They echo a natural, symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, then go on to a new area.
I like this one but with the interior area higher off the ground for easier cleaning - see side pic of nest boxes in next image. Coop dimensions: 4x4ft for 4-5 chickens, total run area, 4x12 ft (includes under the coop). Use 1x1" welded wire (rabbit wire) to keep predators out (not chicken wire). And larger wire on base to prevent entry by digging (10cmx15cm rectangular wire). Use 'dog door' flaps at roost entrance to trap heat. Add carribeaner to next box flap to prevent egg stealers.