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Scrappy Chicken Tractor
Here is the chicken tractor I built out of scraps! The only thing I bought new was the chicken wire. I did buy the hinges and wheels at yard sales. Everything else we had lying around. I didn't even have to buy nails or screws because we had some left over from another project.
***WARNING*** This chicken tractor was not made to be cute or pretty. It was made to be functional and was made as cheaply as possible.
I didn't follow any specific plans to build this coop. I studied all the chicken tractors on BYC and read the comments of what people liked and didn't like about their coops and I took into account what I liked and didn't like about our non-portable chicken coop.
I wanted a portable coop that would protect the chickens from our rainy Pacific NW weather, and the neigbors dogs :( Of course the main requirement was that it needed to be practically free :)
So here's my plans;
I gathered all the available wood, took the 3 longest pieces (ripped one so I had 4 long pieces), cut them all to the same length (just under 8 ft). I then cut the second longest pieces to 5ft and ripped several of them and tada! I had an A-frame.
The finished measurments are roughly 4ft wide x 8ft long x 4 1/2ft tall.
I used a hollow core door cut in half for the "loft" which holds the nesting boxes and the sand box. The nesting boxes are left over pieces from a very nice shelving unit DH made (if you look close you can see that it is stained and varnished ) and bits and pieces of other random wood.
The nesting box is not actually attached to anything, it just fits snugly. so if I need to really scrub things down, I can.
The frame is done and the wire is on! I did end up moving the roosting stick after I took this picture.
Here are the nesting boxes and sand box. The front section I filled with sand so they can still dust bathe while I have them on the grass.
I love our big porch! I can work on projects out of the rain! (of course if we had a big garage that would be even nicer :)
The chickens have moved in!
DH helped me dissect a golf caddy that I bought at a yard sale. From it we got nice strong aluminum wheels.
The handles are just a ripped 6ft 1x6.
Here is the roosting sticks.
This side has two doors. The lower one is where the food and water are.
I used some goat feeders that were left here at the house when we bought it :)
So that's it! I told you it wasn't pretty, but it is very functional!
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