An EggMobile (a term created by Joel Salatin, I believe) is a mobile chicken coop for laying hens. It allows us to easily move the coop anywhere on the property. This lets us target where we let our chickens free-range. We will sometimes use a poultry net fence and sometimes we will truly let them free-range. But we finally have our new EggMobile out in the pasture. I use the term “we” loosely. I designed the basic EggMobile, I found the trailer, and I helped a bit, but my father really took this project over. He doesn’t like to be called a master carpenter, but that is truly what he is without the certification. He took my basic design and ran with it.
The goal on our farm is to find the balance between classy and frugal. I visited a number of farms before we finally bought our place, and I’ve seen such a wide range of quality, aesthetics, and function when it comes to farm structures. I entirely understand building things for as inexpensive as possible. I also understand wanting something to look good. A farmer can quickly go broke if they didn’t pay attention to the bottom line, but a farm can quickly look like a junkyard if the farmer doesn’t pay attention to appearance. This is the constant ebb and flow for us.
We chose to build on a used trailer, but with mostly new wood. We want this structure to last a long time, so we built it with quality in mind. A nice coat of paint is an extra, sort of. We bought partially used paint from Habitat for Humanity to be used as a primer. It was only $1 a can! When all the partial cans were mixed together, the color was an off-purple. We chose to pay a bit more for inexpensive barn paint for the final coat. But the paint also has a function; it protects the wood from the elements allowing it to last longer. Everything was sealed between coats.
I am very visual, and I know a of you are as well. So I took photos during the entire process so we can share exactly what we did.
Here we go: