Work Log - Optimus Prime Chicken Coop

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  1. shOOter---

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    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

    ToDo:
    • 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.
    Tez
     
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  2. Craigleberry

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    Looks great well done :D
     
  3. Pugs

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    You sir have too much time on your hands.. Bravo... :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  4. the_fuzz

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    very nice work, I want to come around and play with it :)
     
  5. SaMbO

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    yes. yes you should.
     
  6. Mystro1

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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.
     
  7. Subliminal

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    Very cool :thumbup::lol:
     
  8. glasnt

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    Hopefully you're incorporating a chicken escape devise for ejection before the autobot transforms <_<


    In all seriousness, it looks amazing :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  9. BurningFeetMan

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    BAM, CUTE EXPLOSIONS.


    In reference to "Roller".
     
  10. Davo1111

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    looks great.

    have you considered stenciling the transformers logo on the side?
     
  11. Great_Guru

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    Transformers + Robot Chicken = WIN!
     
  12. shOOter---

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    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.
     
  13. Sphinx2000

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    Looks great! :thumbup:
     
  14. Squeezer

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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
     
  15. Cannula

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    Truly awesome project, well done. :thumbup:
    Is it possible to get a shot of the autobot sign and where did you get it from? Thanks!
     
  16. MellowFellow

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    Fantastic work, I'm sure your boy loves it. You may want to consider making the roost/cab easier to clean - perhaps some waterproofing and drainage holes so you can hose it out.

    My wife was nagging for chooks for months after returning from O/S where my boy was looking after chickens. I think I'll have to keep her of the internet for a while to make sure she doesn't see your work!
     
  17. Jehu

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    Very nice work. Having it portable means you won't have dead lawn under it all the time too.

    Oh and grats on being Hackadayed
     
  18. broccoli

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    Nice! (What does it look like when it turns into the robot? :lol:)
     
  19. tr3nt0r

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    I'm guessing it's not pretty with squashed chicken parts sprawled between it's mechanoid parts
     
  20. kieran

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    How much clearance is there from the bottom of the cage to the ground? It doesn't look like very much, or does Optimus Coop jack up the trailer/cage end when you move him?
    Just wondering how easy he is to move, over terrain.. ?
     

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