Our pasture raised eggs come from hens living a mobile lifestyle. We regularly move the chickens to new ground, and that of course requires chicken housing that is equally mobile. Their first house we built out of some scrap materials was a nice little shack that could be dragged around pretty easily with a tractor, but since we're getting ready to expand our flock, something a little roomier was necessary. We love our girls and are grateful for what they do, so we want to make sure that everyone has plenty of room to kick back and relax after a hard day at work.
We found this '69 Volunteer Camper that needed some tlc, and got to work making the necessary repairs and upgrades in order to get it pasture ready.
The kitchen, cabinets, seating, and shower got swapped out for roosts and some nice new nest boxes. A few repairs, security measures implemented, and a fresh new layer of wood chips on the floor and the girls were ready to move in.
Everyone seems to be pleased with their new home so far. We've been collecting lots of fresh yummy eggs from the nest boxes every day as the wagon keeps rolling along through the pasture. Having a mobile coop has been great for both the chickens and the farm as a whole. They are helping us fertilize and maintain the pasture & orchard, supplying us with beautiful eggs, and at the same time they get fresh food, mental stimulation, and a healthy atmosphere.
Now that we're ready to accommodate more birds it shouldn't be too long before there are some new hens on the farm. They won't be quite ready to hang out with the big girls in the pasture, but there are sure to be lots of cute pics as they grow and get ready.