What is the Ideal Type of Chicken Coop?

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What if there was a solution that let you maximize the health of your chickens, give them access to the absolute highest quality food they can get (for FREE) while minimizing the amount of time you spend on maintenance AND have your chickens automatically fertilize your garden at the same time?

Too good to be true? Not at all.

Introducing…”mobile chicken coops“.

Yes, mobile chicken coops really is the ideal solution for anyone looking to raise a truly healthy flock of chickens in their backyard, whether it’s for meat or eggs.

mobile, but not ideal...
mobile, but not ideal…






Have you heard of Joel Salatin? If not, you have now. He’s an American farmer, lecturer, and author who raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.

Watch this fascinating video where he talks about the incredible benefits of his ingenious system where he uses mobile “shelters” (as he calls them) to raise his chickens:

Can you see how with a mobile coop you could do the exact same thing as Joel in the above video but perhaps just on a much smaller scale?

Tomorrow is an exciting day for us here at ChickenCoopGuides. We’ll be adding 3 new chicken coop plans to our collection available to our members. One of them is a beautiful and very innovative mobile coop with wheels that has the coop on top and an attached run below it.

This mobile coop is suitable for a small flock of 5-8 hens, perfect for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the world of raising chickens yet large enough to provide most small to mid-size families with all the eggs they’ll need.

Watch your inbox tomorrow, for an email with the subject line:

“Check out our new awesome coops!”

If you’re looking for a coop that is as close to “ideal” as you can get you don’t want to miss tomorrow’s email.


PS. If you can’t wait until tomorrow to join, sign up today and check out all our existing coops and you’ll see the 3 new coops (including the amazing mobile coop mentioned above) in the members area once they have been released sometime during the day tomorrow.

Click here to join now!

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8 thoughts on “What is the Ideal Type of Chicken Coop?

  1. Did I hear correctly in this video? The question was “how often do they get their cycle? Answer “once a year”…..Really, you only move the box once a year?????

    • No, Joel moves the shelter once a day, each morning. The land it takes up for 500 birds, which he explains is one acre per year, can only handle one cycle so it won’t overload the land with nitrogen. So once the land goes through a cycle, he lets it rest for a year. I’ve been following Joel for a few years and have read many of his books. He’s got a lot of land for a lot of cycles and runs more than one each year. A batch of broilers finishes in about 8 weeks according to his book. Read his book Pastured Poultry Profits to get the bigger picture.

  2. i am planning on starting with one mobile coop for my six hens. Later, I want to expand and add more hens and another mobile coop. Will they all force into one or spread out evenly. Thanks.

    • If you’re making one like what Joel uses, they house 75. Bear in mind that this “shelter” is not meant for laying hens. It’s for raising fryers. If you watch the video, the type of chicken he has in the shelter are Cornish Cross.

  3. This guy really knows what he’s talking about. It is possible that a bear or a cougar (maybe even a bobcat/lynx) could tear up the metal roofing he uses. I would personally not trust them out at night, but that really depends on the area and the predator population.

    In my chicken-raising experience, I have lots birds to racoons, opossums, foxes, skunks, mink, and so forth. With the emphasis on restocking wolves and cougars in Illinois, with the return of the coyote in force, and the interesting attitude of city dwellers toward these predators, the person raising chickens in the country needs to be really predator-savvy.

    Really, with half a dozen chickens, how hard can it be to put them in the chicken house at night? I have good friends in JoDaviess County, Illinois, who keep layers. They are all free range, but they have a really big farm dog named “Bruiser,” and they have never lost a chicken to predators.

    Rob in Illinois

  4. I totally agree with a lot of viewers
    Predators can easily get into this pen… But I do like it…
    I couldn’t possibly have one of those

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