Moving the chicken coop: part two

Prepare yourselves for another exciting adventure in watching us move the chicken coop. This is part two.

We are off…

We are stuck…

We are off again…

Oops, we got stuck again…

We are off again, I think…

Nope, we got stuck again…

Yeah, we are off…

Nope, it didn’t work. We are still stuck…

YES! We made it and we are off once more…

The chicken coop is making tracks to it’s summer vacation home.

Aw man, we got stuck again…

The bolt sheered and the coop is stuck. Guess we will have to call it a day.

Look at that frustrated face.

We are obviously going to have to work something different out when we get ready to drag the coop back to the chicken pen in the fall. The ground is uneven and the skids aren’t wide enough or tall enough we think. So it keeps getting stuck and is a real pain in the butt to move. Thankfully Lee didn’t get killed by the sheering bolt and flying chain. Thirty pounds of metal in the back of the head probably wouldn’t have ended well. I keep telling him how happy I am that he didn’t die today.

My Dad came by and gave us some ideas on how to get it moved the rest of the way into the garden. Hopefully tomorrow or Saturday we can finish up the job. The chickens are very angry about their confinement in the coop the last four days. Once we get them all the way into the garden they will need to spend another 24 to 48 hours in the coop before we release them into their new fenced in area. The chickens staring out the window will acquaint them with the new surroundings and make them not want to go back to their old chicken lot.

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7 Responses to Moving the chicken coop: part two

  1. Lynn says:

    Wow, now that looks like a task – to drag a chicken coop across a hilly terrain to a new home. The pics were great – I love the daffodil shot with the coop in the distance! I thought your area was muddier than that – it looked pretty dry, just muddy in places…

    I laughed out loud when I realized that the chickens were inside the coop when you were moving it! I bet they were in a panic! Mine would have been!

    I am glad Lee didn’t get hurt by the flying chain, too! That would have been awful! Stay safe! Good luck moving them the rest of the way!

  2. Jessica says:

    Hahahah, that is hilarious. Particularly since I wasn’t the one digging out every time it got stuck. The picture of Lee all frustrated at the end just says it all. Does he hate chickens now? Are they just going to live permanently in your garden because it’s too much hassle to move it back to the other pen?

  3. lee says:

    Lynn – This area of Oregon is known for it’s clay soils, but we live near a river (about 300 ft away) so our soil has a lot more sand/loam. This makes it surprisingly well drained. If we had moved the coop when we wanted to (when the tractor died), there wouldn’t have been much mud at all. Of course, it’s been raining ever since then.

    Yes, the chickens were inside. The first day ended with it stuck in the gateway of their pen, so we couldn’t let them out again. Now it is stuck in the gateway of the garden. The chickens all stood in a cluster at the rear and discussed it, Elwood sat in a box, and one of the Reds hopped onto a roost every time we stopped to yell at us.

    My father-in-law pointed out that you should generally tow with a chain too short to fly up and get you. Ah, that makes sense …

    Jessica – No, I’m going to improve the moving mechanism so it’s not a hassle in the future. This means either vastly improved skids or wheels. I’m leaning toward wheels, if I can find a pair of cheap trailer axles on craigslist. My tractor is only rated at 16 HP, so trying to “plow” with a 1 ton chicken coop is a little much for it.

  4. Leigh says:

    *lol, fun post. I shouldn’t laugh though, that could very well be us!

  5. Benita says:

    I apologize for laughing so hard at this, but as frustrating as it was, it was also funny how you presented it. Also, I can’t believe you have daffodils. I am jealous. ­čÖé

    • robin says:

      Spring has come very early here. The first crop of dandelions has already finished blooming. It was very exasperating to fail right at the gate, but also kind of funny. Isn’t that how things always go?

  6. Karen says:

    What about two 2X6s tapered up at the ends and attached like sled rails to keep the bottom of the coup off the ground reducing resistance with the ground?

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