A trick my mother taught me to get husbands to do things on the honey do list. You start building/fixing the thing yourself. Then he sees you working on it and becomes frustrated because you are doing it wrong. He takes over and viola your project gets finished It does not work as well for me, I am handier then DH is, but it does work.
My baby brother came down today, we started to make plans for housing meat birds this summer. In the back of the farm we have tons of no longer used equipment and mostly junk. It also has an old metal broiler pen. It seems solid just needs new wire. There is also an old lowboy that is no longer road worthy. With all the wood in the barn, and old fencing, metal sheeting, we have laying around we should be able to make most of the tractor at fairly low cost.