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When we moved to Missouri we had to leave our mobile chicken coop, “The Eggmobile” (a la Joel Salatin) behind. Travis had designed and built that coop, but it was just too big to move from Colorado to Missouri. We sold the chicken coop to a good friend and decided to build another coop similar to what we had had before. A mobile chicken coop was a requirement for us, we wanted the chickens to follow the livestock for pasture sanitation and fertilization.
As a homesteading, homeschooling family, we try to include our kids in what’s going on around the farm. Our son has been watching all this blog stuff with great interest. He finally asked us if he could write his own article. So, here is the kid version of raising chickens. It is really quite interesting to see what things are perceived as the highlights (by this kiddo anyway). Just to make things a bit clear, here is some background:
Chick Mobile: several years back, my husband built a brooder in the pole barn in CO. It was roughly 4’x4′ and when he finished, he set it on a wheeled frame he used for working on arcade games. It turned out to be handy to be able to easily move the brooder around the barn, so now our son thinks a brooder should be mobile… and hence the “chick-mobile”
Egg Mobile: we can thank Joel Salatin for this. Joel is always so creative with his naming, so we called our first mobile coop an “eggmobile” as well. Ever since our son can remember, we have moved our little layer flock around our property.
Scraps: all our plate scrapings and such are shared with the chickens. Don’t worry, we provide plenty of layer feed as well.