A few years ago we decided to have some real fun and raise some chickens.
We were seeking the eggs, meat and an avenue for our children to participate in the farming of their food.
So we purchased a couple of coops… and built some of our own.
While we are not able to free range our birds
we have done the next best thing possible
by mobilizing our coops with wheels,
chicken coop wheels.
By making the coops mobile,
we are able to provide the chickens with their natural diet and a cleaner place to live.
So we developed an easy way to move their coops; it is as close to free range as we can get them.
Chicken Coop Wheels
When you cannot actually free range them, it is necessary to move their coop.
A coop has to be pretty sturdy in order to be moved regularly
So we built a coop with wheels.
A coop that we could move easily.
And had our own micro organic chicken farm.
But after a couple of years, the wood in our coops began to rot.
Wood in contact with the ground rots.
This was frustrating, a lot of effort went into the movable coop.
We concluded that the coop must be protected by placing it on a sub-frame.
This was easy.
We chose aluminum.
The coop, homemade or purchased, can be preserved by setting it on an aluminum subframe.
Chicken Coop Skate and Wheels
The lift kit for the wheels could also be machined out of aluminum.
So the chicken coop wheels turned into a chicken coop dolly.
It is a very sturdy unit and it carries all the weight and stress associated with lifting and moving the coop!
The aluminum and stainless steel COOP SKATE.
So strong and durable … it might last a lifetime.
Chicken Coop Tractor
We sell the Chicken Coop Skate in three units:
1. lift kit – because some need only that
2. hardware kit – because some need it
3. subframe – because some need it too.
is sold as a complete kit.
The basic skate is made with aluminum tubing and some stainless steel brackets and bolts.
The aluminum subframe keeps your beautiful coop off the wet ground and helps prevent it from rotting away!
Whether you are raising birds for eggs, meat, the super food of kings
or to help your children understand the cycle of life…
clean, fresh grass and the bugs on the ground is their natural diet.
Chicken Coop Skate Wheels makes it easy for you to move your hen house to fresh grass.
You can attach your coop to this skate and …
You can safely free range your chickens.
This coop to skate bracket is made from 16 gauge steel
CHICKEN COOP SKATE ™ lifts the coop and carries the weight.
It is a micro organic chicken farm.
The hardware kit is manufactured specifically to assemble the 2″ x 5″ rectangular aluminum tube skate.
The corner bracket is a laser cut, 10 to 12 gauge stainless steel, die formed piece.
The back plate is also laser cut, 10 to 12 gauge steel or stainless steel and it fits inside the tube perfectly.
We use a combination of 24 stainless steel and zinc plated nuts and bolts to give the assembly the best corrosion resistance for the lowest possible price. The miss match of stainless and zinc prevents welding that can occur with an all stainless steel nut and bolt assembly.
Six Z brackets, 16 gauge coated steel, with six self tapping screws for metal are also included. These are used to fasten the coop to the skate. They are made specifically for use with the 2 inch by 5 inch aluminum tube.
The kit consists of:
4 corner brackets
8 back plates
24 nuts and bolts
6 coop to skate Z brackets
6 self tapping metal screws
Chicken Coop Tractor
The tire is 13 inches in diameter and rated for 300 lbs.
Demonstration # 1
Demonstration # 2
Demonstration # 3
- This is a custom manufactured product.
- Every effort has been made to eliminate all sources for cuts and splinters.
- The Chicken Coop Skate Kit installation is so simple that any competent DIY with some common tools can install it.
- When installed properly it will enable mobility for coops of the size and weight as shown on this web page.
- The metal in the kit is heavy duty.
- The pneumatic tires are thirteen inches in diameter and rated for 300 lbs each.
*NEW* a coop skate made of aluminum.
No rust no rot.
Set your beautiful coop on the skate!.
Bigger and better tires too!.
CHICKEN COOP WHEELS
First locate the coop’s center of gravity.
This is about one third of the length from the heavy end.
This is where you want to put the wheels.
The area where the wheels are placed must be stiff in order to lift the coop.
Unless you are using the aluminum sub-frame / skate… you may have to reinforce your coop by putting a supporting board across the bottom of the coop between the two wheel mounting locations. This is a function of the coop design. If the coop is not stiff, it will not lift properly.
Use the lifting lug as the template for drilling the holes. There are four holes to be drilled for each lug.
Next bolt or screw the CCW aluminum lifting lug into place.
There are four counter sunk holes in each lug for this purpose.
They are drilled for 3/8 allen head cap screws.
Eight, 3/8″ x 2 ½” steel bolts, washers and lock nuts are provided for this purpose. Put a drop or two of oil or some grease on the threads of the bolt before you put on the nuts. Stainless steel on stainless steel has a tendency to score / weld itself together, so put a few drops of oil on the bolt threads before you put on the nuts.
Attach the lifting handle to the wheel axle.
Three washers are provided to space the wheel off of the handle, to prevent the tire from rubbing on the handle.
Then tighten it in place with the two wheel axle nuts to the outside. Handle is flush to the lifting lug.
Attach the handle and tire/wheel assembly to the lifting lug with the stainless steel fulcrum bolt.
Make sure it is snug but leave it movable.
Then tighten the stainless steel set screw to hold it in place.
This prevents the fulcrum bolt from working itself loose.
Now you are ready to lift and move your coop!