Friday, April 24, 2020 by Michael Alexander
When it comes to raising animals on a homestead, chickens are often the first choice.
Not only are they relatively easy and cheap to procure, they also produce eggs in no time – ensuring a self-replenishing stock of animals that can provide a steady supply of protein for a long time. In addition, chickens, when raised free-range, can help cultivate your farm by aerating the soil with their constant scratching and foraging.
However, a prepper must be prepared to bug out and pack things up fast – especially in the event of a disaster or calamity. This includes basic necessities such as clothes, food and survival gear – as well as animals.
While the packing and transportation of your clothes, equipment and food stocks may be a relatively easy affair, transporting your animals is a far more complicated endeavor.
This is where mobile chicken coops come in.
True to their name, mobile chicken coops, also known as chicken tractors and chicken arks in some areas, are enclosures that are designed to make them easy to transport in case of emergencies – even with the chickens still inside.
There are different styles and sizes of portable chicken coops or tractors that a prepper can build for his birds, such as box or hutch types, A-frames and even modular ones that have extensive runs, or areas where the chickens can peck at exposed grass.
However, despite the differences in the styles and sizes of these structures, it is important to note that a good portable or mobile chicken coop must meet the following requirements:
Although not necessarily considered as requirements, you can add perches, dust bath boxes and runs, or fenced-in outdoor areas for the birds, if the coop has enough space to allow their installation.
If you are considering making a mobile chicken coop for your birds, here is an overview on how to construct a simple, A frame-style mobile coop, as adapted from The Spruce. (Related: 10 Reasons preppers need chickens in their homestead.)
Building a mobile chicken coop may take up some of your time, as well as require a bit of hard work and elbow grease, but its results are going to be well worth the effort. Get more tips on raising chickens at Homesteading.news.