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Is this too small for a chicken tractor?

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In your opinion, is a 6'x3' chicken tractor too small for 6 hens? Two may be roosters, in which case we would be going down to 5 as we'll rehome one. I had to scrap my plans for the coop & attached run that I was working on as I discovered when we get larger amounts of rain that part of the yard turns into a soggy mess. Going back to my original chicken tractor plan, and I would like it to fit on our garden beds which are approximately 6'x3'.

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6x3 is too small for 6.

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Would it be possible to make two of them and put 3 birds in each? They could still all see each other. That way they would still fit in the garden beds. If you don't want to split them up, you should go bigger.
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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

Happy wife, mother to 3 wonderful kids, 2 cats, 1 dog and 28 chickens...that were originally supposed to be 8. Not sure how that happened, but we love them all!
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Yes - too small for that number.  And because of the size, do make sure you use wire with very small openings because there's no space for them to move out of the way if something reaches inside...

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Originally Posted by Greenthumb83 View Post

Would it be possible to make two of them and put 3 birds in each? They could still all see each other. That way they would still fit in the garden beds. If you don't want to split them up, you should go bigger.

 

 

They are a pretty bonded flock, so I hate to split them up. 

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Originally Posted by teach1rusl View Post
 

Yes - too small for that number.  And because of the size, do make sure you use wire with very small openings because there's no space for them to move out of the way if something reaches inside...

 

I'm using 1/2" hardware cloth - would that be small enough?

 

 

Will have to see what I can do - maybe I can make the tractor bigger than the beds so it goes over and gives a bit of space around. 

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Hardware cloth is good!  Just didn't want a chicken head pulled through/neck gnawed through...

With two tractors "parked" right beside one another, they would be fine - as long as they can see one another it won't feel like being separated...and you wouldn't need to get rid of the second rooster (unless you're just wanting to downsize a roo).

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #7 of 7

6'x3' is too small for 6 chickens..

 

unless you want to make it 2 stories ?

 

i've yet to see a 2 stories one.. but it will be interesting to see one

 

some said 4-10sq ft per bird

 

it's plenty of space if compare to battery cages in factory farms.. but too small for backyard chickens


Edited by BruceAZ - 5/29/16 at 4:56pm
What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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