Adding Wheels to the New Plastic Chicken Coop
As I said in yesterday’s post, my new plastic chicken coop is almost perfect. The coop is lightweight, but a little wide, which makes it awkward for one person to pick up and move around. So, I decided to add wheels to my new coop. Given how light the coop is, 40 pounds, I knew that any basic wheels would work fine.
My first inclination was to build a wood frame that the coop could sit on, and take the caster wheels off an old furniture dolly to be installed on the frame. This would work fine, and it would be very inexpensive. I spent $7 on lumber, and I had the old dolly, but a new one would be $22. Incidentally, at Tractor Supply I looked at caster wheels to see how much they are, and I was shocked that the individual wheels were more expensive put together than the furniture dolly with the same four wheels on them. Lowes had slightly better prices on the wheels.
Ultimately, I decided to go in a different direction. I still built my frame as intended, but I got an idea as I was staring at my old spray tank that I put on a landscape cart. I was thinking about what a waste that purchase was, given that I no longer spray my fruit trees. Then I thought that if I attached the frame to my cart, it would really be easy to move, and the chickens would be higher off the ground when they roost which they like. The other benefit is that I wouldn’t have to worry about the grass underneath getting too much shade and dying.
The installation went like this:
1. Make a 39” x 37” frame of pressure treated outdoor 2x4’s. I used (2) deck screws on each corner to attach the frame together. I pre-drilled the holes to avoid splitting.
2. If you are using caster wheels, simply bolt your caster wheels to the frame. If you are using a landscape cart, proceed to #3. If you are using caster wheels, proceed to #5.
3. Attach (4) small 2x4 blocks to the landscape cart, one on each corner. I used deck screws with washers to attach them.
4. Screw the frame onto the 2x4 blocks. Make sure it is even before attaching the frame. I used clamps to hold the frame into place, keeping it even. I also predrilled the holes, and screwed in deck screws long enough to attach the frame to the 2x4 blocks.
5. Place the Snap Lock Chicken Coop over the frame.