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You may have decided that you want to start raising chickens so you have your own healthy fresh eggs or maybe you gave chicks to your children for Easter.  Now, where do you put your chickens and how do you keep them corralled?

David Proctor


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Chicken Coops For Urban Yards

by David Proctor

 April 28, 2022

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

Living in an urban environment can be challenging to keep chickens or for that matter, most anything that you would consider from an agricultural standpoint.

Chickens can exist in a city environment and thrive quite well.

One of the keys to the chickens thriving is making sure that they are not a meal for the neighbor’s dog or other potential predators.
As much as we love chickens, so do many other animals that would love to make a meal out of them.  

To help prevent this a chicken coop needs to be placed where the chickens can be safe and have a place to roost away from harm.

Since chickens have become popular to raise in the city or urban areas, chicken coops have become more available in many different styles, shapes, and sizes.

I have had an interest in the mobile type of coops so the chickens can help with bugs in the yard and turn, the eggs will have that deep yellow yolk that tastes so good from ranged chickens.

This particular coop was purchased and modified to be mobile.


Chicken Coop - Rear

Chicken Coop – Rear


Chicken Coop - Front

Chicken Coop – Front


Handles were added and wheels to the back of the coop. 

Along the base, reinforcement was added to help keep the chicken coop from damage when moved.


 Chicken Coop - Side

Chicken Coop – Side


Chicken Coop - Side Entrance

Chicken Coop – Side Entrance


This is a good design and modification.  

One to two people can move this coop and provide the chickens with new grass and bugs to eat.  

We all know how quickly grass will disappear when a coop is stationary.

Another design that I have looked at is the chicken tractor used by Joel Salatin at Poly Face Farm.  

His chicken tractor holds numerous chickens which is great for an area that has room, but in an urban setting, that is not always the case.

This is more for a commercial operation.

Commercial Chicken Tractor

Commercial Chicken Tractor


Commercial Broiler Coop

Commercial Broiler Coop


Joel also has a lower-based coop used to raise broilers with the potential for larger urban yards or acreage.


Smaller Coop - Has Potential

Smaller Coop – Has Potential


I use to have a pretty steep slope in my backyard.

I tried to figure out how to have a mobile chicken coop that can be stable and not tip over.

I have even thought about in my case using a stationary chicken coop but making the area where the chickens can range, mobile.  

I would have done this with electric poultry fencing. 
An example of a beautiful stationary chicken coop was my neighbor’s.


Stationary Chicken Coop

Stationary Chicken Coop


Stationary Chicken Coop - Front

Stationary Chicken Coop – Front


Stationary Chicken Coop - Inside

Stationary Chicken  Coop – Inside





Poultry fencing can be easily moved and can also help deter predators from killing and eating the chickens.  

This would require a bit of work to herd the chickens around to the established fenced area.

One idea might be to attach more than one fenced area so they can be moved between areas.

This is a work in progress and I am sure I will have a learning curve as to what will work and what will not work for my situation.

How to Install an Electric Poultry Fence Video  6:27

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Stationary Chicken Coop Plans

Stationary Chicken Coop Plans

Quick Tip


Once you move your birds to their permanent residence, make sure they are protected from predators, especially at night.
Even a latched door may not be secure enough to keep raccoons out.



“6 Week Old Chicks.” Poultry 6 to 8 Weeks Old | Purina Animal Nutrition. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2022


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