The "Hennebago"

We had a problem last year in that we wanted to move our chickens out of their coop in a corner of the big barn and into someplace separate and smaller. We wanted to build a mobile chicken coop and we looked at several plans. But we didn't really want to spend tons of time or tons of money either. We had seen some coops that people had built on frames of old trailers and such but many of them were not really something we wanted to look at in the back of our yard. We had to find a way to build something cheap, movable, not too time consuming and had the potential to be made cute.

Enter the camper.

We looked for and found a camper on craigslist that was in sound condition but didn't really have too many working internal amenities, since, after all, we'd be tearing them out. We found what we were looking for and the price was definitely right.

Handy hubby and the boys pulled everything out and built new nesting boxes and perches in pretty much one weekend. It was ready for the ladies to move in.

The ladies have their own little door on the opposite side with a removable ramp.

Checking out their nesting boxes....

Yeah, you can tell they totally dig it.

Now all anyone has to do to move it is hook it up to the tractor or farm truck. It's pretty hilarious when the lawn is getting mowed and the kids move the rig with the ladies still inside it and you can see them all up on their perches through the window...just wondering what the heck is going on. They don't jump down, they just ride along. It's laugh-out-loud funny.

The last thing came later, after it was good and warm out. I had said we needed to try and make "Henna" as cute as possible and blend her in with our farm surroundings. So we painted her up and now she looks pretty good after all.

Here she is in her winter parking spot that was convenient for feeding and watering.


Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

You are geniuses! How smart is that?! I love it and would love to see those chickens when the camper takes off! Haha!!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your hennebego is just awesome! I linked this to my chicken coops project post too, well done!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I just found this post... and it IS LOL FUNNY for sure!
I pinned it on pinterest... cause, well, I have a shell of a camper myself...and some chickens.

this tickled my funny bone.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh this is the best. It is darling but also so very practical. I can just see the hens as you are moving it from one spot to another.


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