This winter I built a mobile coop for our laying hens. It was great to have a project like this to keep busy and brush up on some old skills. I studied furniture and product design in college and went on to open a design company I ran as a side job while working in wood and metal shops. Farming allows me to use these skills through laying out irrigation, crop planning, building high tunnels, and mobile coops. I found a used running gear for a hay wagon as the base of the coop. A friend of mine helped me mill out the foundation planks from an ash tree on his saw mill. The rest of the design was taken from simple construction techniques. The whole design is informed by taking care of chickens for the past three years. Most importantly there is a solar powered door that opens and closes based on daylight, which should provide a lot of freedom for the farmer!