The first one we built was a chicken tractor. A chicken tractor is a great design that lets you carry or drag your coop around your garden or yard, letting your chickens get at eat, de-bug, and fertilize a variety of different areas on your property. We were starting with 6 chickens and felt this was a good design. Problem was our design was a little heavy...especially after I shingled it with leftover roofing shingles to make it look adorable. It took like four people to move, so it didn't work out so well. I have since taken the shingles off, and we do use it, but primarily in the spring/early summer when we get new chicks. It is just the right size for the little ones.
this. I told him I would bond with him some other way. We ended up bending it by putting the end against the curb. We also tried just putting it into the frame and bending the other side in. Both ways worked fine.
We attached the re-bar with two pieces of metal strapping.
For the perch I just took a small tree I had cut down and screwed it into a small piece of wood. The fencing is sandwiched in between. It is a little wobbly and I wasn't sure if the chickens would fuss, but they don't seem to mind.
On a similar note. One of the ladies in the new flock--the only barred rock out of the bunch of reds--was adopted by my oldest daughter. She has been named "Mackie" and was living in the kitchen for a little while. I used an old picnic table that I found in the trash and brought home. It had fallen apart as we were taking it out of the truck. I used a bunch of scrap wood and some nice purple paint to make this chicken a very fancy chicken chalet.
My little one is playing in it before I painted it purple. She's sitting in the nesting box, but hasn't laid any eggs.