This week was a big week for the Sands “Coop”eration. My husband built a mobile chicken coop for our broilers we purchased last month. The babies had been living in the brood box but were big enough to make the move outside, and we needed something sturdy for them to sleep in at night. We do live near the woods after all!
We are learning to be a little more self-sufficient all the time, and since we’re not vegetarians (I have tried and failed several times), we decided to get broilers or “meat birds.” We believe that, if we’re going to eat meat, we should know where it comes from. And, we’re taking it one step further and doing it ourselves.
At least that’s the plan.
It’s not going to be easy to kill our own food, but I’ll write and worry more about that another day. We’ve been watching videos and reading about humane and respectful deaths for chickens, but, for now, I’ll just say that I’ve tried to be very careful not to get too attached to the broilers.
Food; water; how are you doing? In and out.
Unfortunately, these birds are extremely docile and friendly, much more so than our Rhode Island Reds and ISA Browns. Our layers are more mistrustful, and you have to earn their trust. The little broilers just come right up to you, all sweet and curious.
Thanks, universe, for making this even harder. Just what I needed, right?
But we are, of course, of the notion that we want these birds to live a merry life, though it will be a short one, so my husband built them some nice accommodations this week, complete with wheels, so they can move to different parts of the yard and explore new areas.
This week, I share some of his process and the beautiful end results.
Ultimately, it seems like a beautiful little place to be a little chicken. The chickens run around during the day and sleep in their sturdy little red house at night.
I think we need a sign above the door though, like the one we have over the door of our main chicken coop, but I don’t know what it should say. The grim part of me thinks it should read “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” or “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” I mean, I know what’s coming. I’m a little worried and have a bit of dread.
But I think my husband’s idea is better: “It’s a merry life but a short one.”
I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, my husband just kind of invented his way around in creating this mobile chicken house, but if you’re interested in building your own, here are some resources.
- Mobile Chicken Coop Designs from Backyard Chickens
- 10 Free Chicken Tractor Plans and Designs from The Poultry Guide
3 thoughts on “On Our Mobile Chicken Coop”
That is one beautiful “chicken tractor”, as I’ve heard it called. I’d worry that predators would climb the fence and eat chicken, but only time will tell. I’ve been debating whether we should have someone butcher our 3-yr old layers, but I don’t know if I can cross that line.
They really are living fancy while they’re still alive! I understand what you mean though, I had my flirtations with vegetarianism, but at the end of the day, I love my meat, so the only logical explanation to me was that if I wanted to eat it, I should be responsible for it start to finish. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!
Thank you so much for your comment! We are close to “the day” with them, and I definitely hope to write about the experience. I am nervous for sure, but I know what you mean about the meat and being responsible. It’s so nice to hear from people with similar philosophies!
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