The Home of Our Happy Chickens: Our Portable Chicken Coop

Video by Rachael Glasgow

For years we enjoyed watching our chickens roam the property. It was great fun to see them running  around and hearing the rooster cock-a-doodle-doo  all over the farm. But, we had one major problem, at dusk chickens would get snatched by fox waiting for them in the fields, the only thing we would find of their remains–feathers. Dale decided to build a portable chicken coop, one that they could have fresh grass and bugs but be protected from fox.

I always bring Sparky with me when we get our eggs because there are times when we have had snakes in the chicken coop. Sparky will get the snakes for me. This is a portable chicken coop, dale built it so that the fox can’t get to the chickens,  they are totally enclosed inside. Everyday we move the chicken coop with our lawn tractor around the yard; so everyday they get fresh grass and bugs. It doesn’t kill your grass because you are moving it all the time, and you get more eggs because they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Alright it looks like a lot of eggs. There are 13 eggs for today. Alright, they have their water, they have their feed in there. Then we lock it back up. The portable chicken coop is carried by a pulley that attaches to our tractor. Do you want to see what it looks like inside? Let me show you how dale built this. Alright we’ll make sure there are no snakes. Sparky is ready. We put the grain feed on the door. We’re almost out of grain here. This is the grain; we put it in this container. We change the water in the morning and at night. We’re all done!



  • Amber Kalb said:

    Hi I was wondering if you had wheels on the bottom of your coop or do you just drag it around the yard? We just got a coop and will be experiencing chickens really soon. Also it came with a a run but the bottom has no wire,should I put wire on the bottom to keep fox out? Any help would be really great thanks Amber

  • Dawna said:

    What a great idea!! We have never had chickens on our farm, my husband had them growing up though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cindy Bray said:

    Hi Sharon,

    How long did it take for the girls to get used to being more confined? I know mine would complain and pace. :)


  • Beth said:

    Sharon, I would like chickens, as mother-in-law did when she lived here (she had them in the barn). I so appreciate the idea of a roaming coop! Saw the bricks at the ends of your outdoor run for them and was wondering if you placed them there after you moved it for support of their enclosure. Also, do you have a wire floor throughout in the coop?