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Are you wanting to build a Joel Salatin style Eggmobile mobile chicken coop? If you are, I want to show you ours and offer you some tips that to help you build your portable chicken coop in a way that will work best for raising your chickens out on pasture.
We usually have our mobile chicken coop and chickens out on pasture being rotated around throughout our different paddocks. But, it’s winter time here at the farm and during the winter we move our animals closer to the house.
This makes it easier to take care of our chickens, helps us handle freezing water, and allows us to give our pastures a rest.
Now that things have slowed down on the farm, I want to spend some time showing you our Joel Salatin style Eggmobile portable chicken coop in case you want to build your own moveable chicken coop.
I want to give you some ideas about the best way to design one based on ours.
So with that being said, let’s take a look inside.
What Does the Inside of a Mobile Chicken Coop Look Like?
This is the inside of our mobile chicken coop.
On each end, we have our egg boxes.
And then we have our roosting stations on the side.
And here is how the roof is framed.
One very important part is the floor design. As you’ll notice, the floor is not solid because, if it was, we’d have to clean this thing out a lot.
Instead, it’s made of wire so when the chickens go to the bathroom it can go straight through into the ground and turn into fertilizer.
Because of that, we don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning this thing out.
What Kind of Frame Is a Mobile Chicken Coop Built On?
As you can see, it’s built on top of running gear from a hay wagon. That makes it really easy to move around.
We can just connect up to the tongue with the tractor, truck, 4-wheeler, or side-by-side ATV and just pull it to wherever it needs to go.
How Do You Collect Eggs From a Mobile Chicken Coop?
One of the best things about this mobile coop is that on each end there are access doors so you can get to the nesting boxes. This is one of my favorite things about this Eggmobile. We can just open the doors up and start collecting eggs.
How Do You Pasture Your Chickens With a Mobile Chicken Coop
When we move our chickens around the pastures, we use electric poultry netting as fencing. It keeps the chickens in and it keeps the predators out. And it’s easy to move.
When you’re ready to move it, you just unhook it and start rolling it up. You can carry it under your arms or on top of your shoulders.
Just carry it to the new area where they’re gonna start foraging and set up a new paddock with it. Then, move your mobile chicken coop in there, open the doors, and let the chickens out.
How Do Move Your Chickens?
One of the things I do when I’m going to move the chickens is I let them get into the coop at night. Once they are in I will come back out and shut the door to the coop.
When we’re ready to move them in the morning, I’ll leave them in there, I’ll set up their new area with the poultry netting, and I’ll move the coop into their new paddock.
Then, I’ll open the door and I’ll let the chickens out. After that, everything is good to go.
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I hope this article was helpful. If you are wanting to design your own Joel Salatin style Eggmobile portable chicken coop then I recommend designing it with the features I explained above.
Also, if you have any questions, feel free to comment and let me know.