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    Coop Movin'

    Got in over my head on this one....

    Bought a new chicken coop. Amish made. 6' x 8'. Heavy. I mean seriously heavy. They dropped it in my driveway, so my wife could paint it easily. Now, it is time to move it to the back yard. And.... I have problems.

    #1 - the gate is 7' wide. Means the coop can only go thru in the 6' dimension. The skids run the other way, of course.
    #2 - The path to the gate isn't exactly wide, either. Eight foot if I go one way, a bit more the other way, if I trim back some trees/bushes. All the way around to the BACK of the yard, from the front drive.
    #3 - It is freaking heavy. I'm guessing well over 1000#

    How do I know it is that heavy? Well, the initial plan was to bolt casters to the skids, and roll it around with the lawnmower. Bought four 300# casters. Bolted them on, gave it a shove, and bent 2 before it even moved. That isn't going to work.

    Next plan is to remove the casters, use 2x4s as skids the other direction, and drag it. Maybe "Egyptian Style" using plywood on the ground to slide the skids 8' at a time. Yay. Sounds like a great way to spend a day. If I felt better, I'd just do it. But, I don't, so....

    What I would LOVE.... Find someone with a tractor or skid steer and forks. Just muscle the darned thing around in a few minutes, rather than half a day inventing new curse words. Can you pick up, say, 1500#, with a skid steer?

    Wish we had a bunch of bored neighborhood teens. Pizza and soda, and start shoving. Alas, the oldest is 12, and the rest are under 10. Not much help.

    Any other brilliant ideas how to move something like this?
    Ryan "ElDirector"


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    Get a few pieces of probably 3 or 4 PVC pipe and cut slightly wider than your skids. Roll the thing on the pipe and just keep moving the last piece of pipe to the front once you get past it. Would probably use 8 or so pieces if it were me.
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    Call the Amish and give them some $$ to come back and put it where you want it

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    Quote Originally Posted by VUPDblue View Post
    Get a few pieces of probably 3 or 4 PVC pipe and cut slightly wider than your skids. Roll the thing on the pipe and just keep moving the last piece of pipe to the front once you get past it. Would probably use 8 or so pieces if it were me.
    This right here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VUPDblue View Post
    Get a few pieces of probably 3 or 4 PVC pipe and cut slightly wider than your skids. Roll the thing on the pipe and just keep moving the last piece of pipe to the front once you get past it. Would probably use 8 or so pieces if it were me.
    This. We called this an Egyptian move. We have moved units over 1 ton doing this. 4" works but get enough under it to carry the load.
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    Amish guy couldn't figure out how to get whatever loader-thing they had around and through the narrow gate. I guess the wheels were wider than 7', and he suggested I pull a fence post and another 8' section of privacy fence. Those posts are in 50# of concrete below the frost line, so.... nope. Not today.

    I will also admit I am trying to be lazy. This has already been way more expensive and way more work than I ever intended.

    Might see if The Bangles are on our playlist, and at least try the sliding skid. If that doesn't move it, then PVC pipe will run me another $150. If THAT doesn't move it, the chickens are living in the front yard.
    Ryan "ElDirector"


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    Well, at least you can prove to the tax man it is "mobile"...
    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous...

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    The pipe will work, I'd suggest laying plywood down to make it easier. If you want to come down to Mooresville I have 2 or 3 sheets of 3/4" floor decking you can have, it's been in my barn for a couple of years now and it's just in the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by femurphy77 View Post
    The pipe will work, I'd suggest laying plywood down to make it easier. If you want to come down to Mooresville I have 2 or 3 sheets of 3/4" floor decking you can have, it's been in my barn for a couple of years now and it's just in the way.
    That material would be a solid foundation for this move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VUPDblue View Post
    Get a few pieces of probably 3 or 4 PVC pipe and cut slightly wider than your skids. Roll the thing on the pipe and just keep moving the last piece of pipe to the front once you get past it. Would probably use 8 or so pieces if it were me.
    I had to move a 10' X 12' barn once, and I pulled it with my truck, using the roundest logs, 4" to 6" in diameter, from a recently cut silver maple. My logs were cut for firewood, so I just lined up a row in front of each skid. I was surprised at how easily it was to move once I got it up on those round logs. The ground was dry and hard also, which helped.
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