I spent a lot of time researching how to let my chickens 'free range' on a farm FULL of predators. Wendell from sales was really helpful, helping me choose the best option for my flock of 11. The shipping was fast, the product was extremely well packed and arrived in great condition, and I was able to assemble more than half of it by myself prior to my husband becoming curious and wanting to join in the fun. The wheel mechanism is really cool and allows me to maneuver this 6x10 unit by myself on semi-level ground. It does take a bit of strength but I wouldn't want it any lighter as you would lose stability. Our area has substantial winds from time to time, and this unit wasn't phased. My engineer hubby plans to create a hitch of sorts for our lawn tractor to pull it up some of the larger hills that we will encounter to give access to the best grass. I promised I'd share what it comes up with.
The chickens learned to load from their chicken fortress to their new 'bus' within two tries and clearly love the new sites! One hen has figured out the nesting box, while others tend to lay on the ground for now, but it's simple to just elevate the unit and roll past the eggs; no need to go inside, though this size makes that quite easy as well, if a few hens need encouragement to go back to their permanent structure. I really love having a safe place to put them so I can thoroughly clean and use a UV light on their coop to zap bacteria and mites periodically. All in all I'm extremely pleased with my purchase, the customer service I've received to answer all my pre-sale and assembly questions was great, and the quality of the unit makes it clear this was a good investment that will last for a very long time. It is clear that a lot of thought went into the engineering of this chicken tractor; my engineer hubby is tough to impress! Mission accomplished!