Mobile Chicken Ark
The Mobile A-Frame Chicken Ark
Up to 4 hens year-round
Up to 8 hens spring, summer, fall
We make each of these to order. The pictures are of our Ark in use after 6 years and over 50 birds. We start our pullets in the Ark and then move them with the larger flock in the main coop. You'll see we let ours naturally weather grey. However it still shows the features included and gives a sense of scale.
Weather your family wants to raise a handful of hens and keep them as egg-laying pets, you adopt a flock, or you want to raise healthy and happy meat birds for your homestead, this coop provides a safe and secure home. It is moved around your yard or garden so the birds can scratch and forage on pasture. The top is a cedar roofed hen house for them to retreat to rest and lay eggs. This coop keeps you and your family engaged with the happiness of your hens and the rewards they give you. It is meant to be moved by two people daily (or as close to daily as possible). We can make a half-sized ark for 2-3 hens and movable by one person. Ask us for a quote if you are interested.
The heavy welded wire keeps out predators and the small holes keep their heads safely inside the coop. In winter time in New England, when snow is on the ground, you leave the coop stationary, but you will need to shovel out around the base and below to give the birds room below their roost to come down and access water and food. This is a concern and you should limit the number of hens or purchase a stationary coop with more interior space for winter time use. 4 Hens can live in here year-round, while 8 can live in there while you can move the coop around the yard. If you have a larger number of birds, you can use this to keep them on pasture and happy for 75% of the year and then move them to a larger coop when the weather turns snowy.
The drawbridge/ladder brings the hens up top to roost and lay eggs in the egg boxes at either end. You can also pull a string to pull up this ladder to keep them safe and warm up top.
The end walls open up on top (to access eggs) and bottom (to refill water and food) from each side. Hanging Waterer and Feeder included. We use hasp latches with carabiners to keep the doors locked and safe from the agile hands of raccoons.
One side wall (long side of the roost area) is removable so you can clean the roost area and put in fresh bedding while the hens forage in the grass. The owner just needs to undo a few screws and the side wall comes off (likely a two person job).
If you are raising meat birds then you want to raise them ethically; giving them room to behave naturally, scratch the earth, eat a more natural diet, and have the sun on their backs. You can keep all 8 in here to live a happy life until they make weight. Then you can process them before winter without the need for a stationary coop. We've found that the removable side wall can be an easy way to get a hold of the birds for processing or moving to another coop. When all the birds are up top, close the ladder, take the screws are out of the side wall, then one person slides the wall while the other gets a chicken, and then the wall is slid closed. Repeat this for each bird and rather than using sticks, sneaking up, running after birds, and grabbing them as they squawk; this becomes a calm experience for all involved.
We will include a feeder and a waterer with the coop. We will select models that hang off the ground so you can move the coop easily.
The coop comes either naturally unfinished for you to paint or stain or we can apply boiled linseed oil to the exterior surfaces to keep it's rustic look and protect it from the elements ($90 extra).