Water and feed bay is placed over axels to reduce tongue weight
The 1” vinyl fence flooring is easy on chicken feet but still lets droppings fall through.
Flooring is 3” and 4” secured with self tapping screws before chicken wire is attached with staples to provide predator protection and additional strength before putting down vinyl mesh.
The layer boxes are lower than the roosts with sloped tops to discourage roosting on or in boxes to keep eggs clean.
Roosts are angled to promote different heights of roosting to enable hens to sort out hierarchy.
Slippery vinyl tarp cover with hoop shape discourages roosting on the outside
The tarp cover is necessary to cover food and water bay to keep chickens for hiding and roosting inside.
Bay is 4’x4’x5’ and holds one 55gal water tank and 6+ bags of feed or a good sized loose feed bin.
The order of assembly is –
2x6 and 2x4 edges to catch cattle panel frame
Staple chicken wire and vinyl mesh flooring
Build “A” frame roosts and place on floor
Build egg boxes ( 11”x12” with 9”x 11” front opening)
Bend 12’ cattle panels (made out of 16’ panels) – remove 4’ and keep as a spare panel for sheep pens
Secure panels with lag screws through 2x4
Bill of materials
2x4 for edge frame
2x6 for edge frame
2x4 for a frames for roosts
1x for roosts and bracing
Plywood or 1x material for egg boxes
12’ cattle panel cut from 16' cattle panel
2x4 for securing cattle panel
Self tapping screws, Long and short Deck screws/cabinet staples/framing nails/
Vinyl billboard tarp for cover
Strapping to secure tarp to 2x4 and edge frame
2x4s for framing feed and water bay
Chicken wire for under vinyl fence flooring and for endwalls and around feed and water bay