tMy New and Improved Tractor Coop
Almost finished product. Door needs embellishment and back wheels 2x4 in front needs to be added to keep babies in or they run under it and out
Back will have 3 " wheels like on the front.Not on yet.
This is my 4 th coop and the 3rd Tractor coop,
Each coop I made with better ideas.This cost about $130ish.
Think the last one was about $80 total .Really no frills
ONE GREAT improvement .... old version has tiny plastic wheels one end . They move slightly better than nothing. This one spent more and added rubber 3 " tires .
My older hens like their coop a LOT.Hardware cloth floor, and hardware cloth window on 4 sides Sits on 2 ft high legs.
Being older and moving them around by hand daily everything has to be thought of in "whats the lightest way" terms .
This coop is 2 x4 x2 .
Constructed of 2x2's
Wheel base are 2x4's
3" rubber wheels
roof 1/2 " ply
Used 1/4 " ply wall floor this time will make it a lot lighter that then last which had 1/2 " ply everyplace
leftover pieces of hardware cloth
My FAVORITE coop has 8 hens in and 2 roosts.2X4X2
They do fine for the night and like it.No squabbles..... BUT no room to walk in the morning so gotta go open it right away.This is the same
Again Slot Windows .Girls LOVE to look out as they roost, A MUST.
Odd start ....Built the frame work in my dining room in the cool air as it was so so hot and muggy out (I did cut the wood outside) if you Do this make sure it fits thru the door way.
I did........but didnt take in account the 1/2" thick window frames I put on after.DUH.
Had to take the frame off one and re-apply outside Oh well.
Will Add the vertical slot door as my other slides sideways but not as easy i am sure as this.
Last coop has a hard ware cloth floor.
Nice and cool and easy to hose out but this will be even better I think .
Sliding removable floor.
Will use sheet vynal or even sticky shelf liner as it is even lighter to cover the wood floor.
May add hardware cloth under the sliding floor for very hot weather or make another sliding frame with hardware cloth too
This is ONLY 3 inches off the ground so not sure how cool this would be.
Last minute ...Couldnt resist adding the extra weight of a tall traditional "chicken coop style".window.
Hardware cloth and Plexiglas on one side as seen in another persons coop and in the front. (hard to tell but the slot screen window is right below it.Looks like solid wood in this pic
.The access door will be the hinge the roof.