Many years ago Mark was in business as a landscape gardener. He would design and maintain edible gardens. He had a trailer for his tools and it has been left idle in the paddock ever since he left that business behind.
Mark set to work converting the trailer into a mobile chook house. The floor was rusted out and needed to be replaced with a more open mesh so that manure could fall through and fertilize the paddocks. We were lucky to pick up an old animal (possibly rabbit) cage from the dump shop that was just perfect and a fraction of the new price. It also came with a watering system which would come in handy.
The nesting box was made from some salvaged shelving and an old plastic toy box that someone had left here. The lid became the roof of the nesting box which can be accessed from the outside. The sides of the box had ridges which were perfect for a ramp up to the nests.
The roof was made from insulated coolroom panels and the sides clad in heavy duty shade cloth. The roof catches rain water which is stored in the blue drum and then gravity feeds down to a self waterer inside the trailer and nipples under the trailer for when the chooks are outside.
A section of the tail gate was cut to make a ramp. The chooks spend the day outside and are locked away at night to keep them safe from foxes.
Here are the girls out in the paddock. It can be moved around quite easily and the chooks really enjoy their freedom.
Here is a hen drinking from one of the nipples under the trailer.
Our hens enjoy a peaceful retirement after the great work they have done for us in the mandala market garden and we still get eggs from these old girls.
All up the cost for this upcycle was under $70 and made use of lots of resources we had on hand.