Oh my goodness, i’ve lost track of the number of eggmobiles i’ve built these past two decades. The first one was large and on an ancient wagon running gear. It was part of daughter Jessica’s Missouri Department of Agriculture sustainable ag grant she wrote for and received being the youngest ever at age 9!
Anyway, done bragging now and on to the newest plan. My favourite ‘look’ is that of a
Conestoga Wagon and this one is no exception although much smaller than the traditional real Conestoga.
The one i replaced was just worn out and had some issues which of course i corrected with the new version.
This one was several years old and just dilapidated. Wood was deteriorated and wasn’t a well balanced design making it awkward to pull around. Also, as you can see the old wagon pull broke, the pop door was too short and manual, not enough nesting boxes or roosts, and overall it was simply too heavy.
Moved it home and the old hens gave it a complete check out, then had no hesitation going back in. Note this new version has an automatic pop door. Should have done that on the very first one. A very good investment even for my small flock.
Had to come up with a new way of holding the ‘hoops.’ My previous eggmobile, i used 1 inch schedule 40 pipe and it has too much spring to it and i had it attached very securely. This time, i raided the water pipe supply and chose 3/4 inch black HDPE pipe and it is much easier to handle. Here i’m cutting short pieces of 1/2 inch PVC pipe.
After drilling a hole to receive a longer 1/4 lag screw, i installed the screw with the plastic tube topped with a 1/4 inch flat washer. Powered it in and it makes a sort home made sort of shoulder bolt.
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This view shows the nearly finished eggmobile. I built it in separate pieces so that it can be disassembled if needed. There is the floor which i reused (newer lumber). Don’t use anything less than 1 x 2 inch welded wire. It’s a little big for small chicks, but is perfect for grown hens because their poop will go right on through. The second section is framed then sided with old corrugated plastic. Except for new hardware, everything is reused on this.
i installed a door on one side just in case i need access.
See how the black pipe forms a nice hoop to hold the standard sized white tarp using the makeshift shoulder bolts. Roosts are cut from old electric posts.
The translucent panel is cut from an old solar panel cover. Not sure if you could find those used. My father-in-law had a couple left over from a business he tried starting about 40 years ago.
Lift the lid and inside is the top level of the nesting boxes. I may or may not end up dividing these. If i do, it’ll probably just be little curtains.
Lift the floor of the first level to collect eggs on the lower level.
Ador1 battery powered automatic pop door. Note the ladder like roosts – i have to change the supports to wider stance because if a hen edges to the outside, it will tip. I also had to take off the green corrugated bit above the door and attach boards to secure the canopy. i used more of the solar panel stuff to make it match the front. At the front here, you can see that i built double decker nesting boxes – there are 6 now vs the 3 before.
This is the coolest ever. It comes preset to automatically open at dawn and close at night.