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Chicken Pagoda

Alex Ekins
 

Introducing the Chicken Pagoda! 

I can't tell you how many versions of chicken coops, tractors, pens, fences, and runs I have tested out.  This is now the latest and greatest of all my attempts in the chicken hospitality management industry.

The one thing that I have learned when it comes to chickens is that all of your best intensions will not go unpunished.  They generally will not appreciate all of your attempts to psychoanalyze their behavior and will do the exact opposite of what you think they will do. These birds don't think like we do and basically don't need much of anything.

They could give a crap about all the fluffy stuff.

As far as I am concerned the number one rule in housing chickens is to reuse as many materials as possible that are laying around.  In this case I took a small old metal framed trailer that my uncle left on the property forever ago and stripped it down.  It has a regular hitch, single axle and two full size tires.  

I did build a new 6ft x 4ft 2x4 frame on the trailer.  I also cut a piece of plywood in half to make two doors, one on each end.  I found a set of hardware and hinges in the shed.  The side panels were taken from the old pump house that I disassembled earlier in the week.

And just by chance, there happened to be this crazy double paneled skylight that fit over the top perfectly.

There are a couple of unique features to this mobile coop.  The first is that it has no floor! Chickens poop a lot at night.  And I want that poop in the grass.  So I needed to get the floor out of the way.  There are cross bars that serve as roosts.  The birds simply jump up from underneath to roost and lay in the boxes inside.  This simple design feature reduces the need to have bedding as an input, eliminates all the cleanup time, and gets the poop where it belongs.

In addition, the lack of a floor lets the birds roost when they want, as well as have access to the pasture as early in the morning as they please.  They don't end penned up because I slept in or something.

Now the early bird gets the worm. 

Next I put full length doors on both ends.  This allows easy and complete access without having to stoop, bend or crawl around to get inside. No more fuss in order to collect eggs or check out the hens.

The skylight gives the bird as much natural light as possible.  This helps regulate the birds laying cycles with the sun.

 Happy hens lay quality eggs. 

This system is coupled with a really nice Premier 1 electric net and solar charger.  I can now easily move the hens to fresh grass as often as necessary to keep the birds and the land in ecological balance.  

I also like to give the chicka-booms the best organic, soy and non-GMO free feed from Scratch and Peck Feeds. 

As a result of this system, the birds are free to behave like chickens, as they should, and therefore benefit the land that they interact with.  All while producing smack-your-mama-delicious eggs and thick lush pasture. 

Now thats some gangster shit! 

Your friend and farmer, 

Alexander