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Old 30th October 2012, 1:52 PM   #1
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Default Work Log - Optimus Prime Chicken Coop

My Misus has been onto me for a while to get a couple of chooks for the back yard, she thinks the young bloke would enjoy having them. TBH I've never owned anything other than a cat so I don't have much idea. A couple of weeks ago friends of ours offered us a couple of chicks, so it made the decision relatively easy.

My criteria for the coop was for it to be Mobile, reasonably small (only needs to house 2 chickens), Roost at one end, decent area for them to walk around. With all that in mind an image of a truck come to mind & what better truck than a G1 Prime? And I'm sure the young bloke will appreciate it :P

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  • Bitumen epoxy coat the base of the cage frame to isolate from the grass.
  • latch on the tailgate.
  • Install a few perches etc.
  • Autobot side logo



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250∅ Pneumatic wheels & 100x50 H4 treated pine chassis rails.


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12mm marine ply Roost / Cab Profile cut & ready to assemble.


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Site Inspection by the overseer.


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Cab / Roost section assembled using 50mm Galv nails with pneumatic brad nailer & PVA glue.


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Cab / Roost access hatch.


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20x20x3 Galvanised SHS cage frame coming together (my welder sh*t the gear so I tek screwed the frame together... lol)


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Measuring up PVC Stacks / Feeders. I cranked them inboard to keep the feed trays out of the weather as much as possible.


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Roughly assembled.


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Painting.


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Detail Painting.


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Completed Optimus Prime Chicken Coop Front View.


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Transform! Access hatches open. Note the 3mm PVC access hatch into the rear cage area to service the feeders & roost door & also acts as some extra shelter for the chickens as well as the feed.


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12mm marine ply Ramp & PVC Feeders.


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Rear View, Tailgate down.


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One of the Chicks. Should I call it "Roller"? :P

Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 30th October 2012, 2:54 PM   #2
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Looks great well done
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:09 PM   #3
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You sir have too much time on your hands.. Bravo...
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:09 PM   #4
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very nice work, I want to come around and play with it
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:09 PM   #5
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One of the Chicks. Should I call it "Roller"? :P
yes. yes you should.
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:18 PM   #6
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that is brilliant... I cant show the misses this or I know what I'll be doing for the next few weekends.

Nice work.
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:19 PM   #7
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Very cool
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:21 PM   #8
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Hopefully you're incorporating a chicken escape devise for ejection before the autobot transforms <_<


In all seriousness, it looks amazing
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Old 30th October 2012, 3:28 PM   #9
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BAM, CUTE EXPLOSIONS.


In reference to "Roller".
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Old 30th October 2012, 4:36 PM   #10
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looks great.

have you considered stenciling the transformers logo on the side?
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Old 30th October 2012, 6:17 PM   #11
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Transformers + Robot Chicken = WIN!
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have you considered stenciling the transformers logo on the side?
Yeah, I did leave space for it as you can see but run out of time on the weekend, I shall add it to the to do list.
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Old 30th October 2012, 7:23 PM   #13
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Looks great!
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Old 30th October 2012, 9:19 PM   #14
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Nice work. We need some after photos when the chooks have been crapping in it for a few months. A lot of Chook cages suffer cause they are hard to clean
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Old 31st October 2012, 7:11 AM   #15
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Truly awesome project, well done.
Is it possible to get a shot of the autobot sign and where did you get it from? Thanks!
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