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I'm building a small chicken tractor for meat birds and im wondering what size I could get away with for say 20 meat birds. It will be moved atleast once a day but probably twice. Would 6x6 be okay ? Any input is appreciated
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It should be ok. Unless you already have 6' lumber, I'd go with 8x8. For no other reason than roaming space. The farther you can make them walk for food the better.
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Yeah that was the case. I have a bunch of 6' lumber laying around and thought it would work. We shall see k guess. If it's too crowded I have enough limber I could build another one! Thanks for the reply. What's your opinion on some sort of a floor
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I wouldn't put a floor in it. I you did, you'd have to shovel the poo out of there on the daily. Just let them poo in the grass. When they get big,6 weeks or so, I rake up the droppings and toss them in the sweet corn patch. That's just to prevent killing the grass where they sat all day.
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Yeah that was the case. I have a bunch of 6' lumber laying around and thought it would work. We shall see k guess. If it's too crowded I have enough limber I could build another one! Thanks for the reply. What's your opinion on some sort of a floor


If you put in a floor it is no longer a tractor, and there is no point in moving it everyday. Also if they can't access grass it would need to be substantially larger in my opinion. 

We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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I should have been more clear. I meant some sort of a wire floor for predator proofing. Not a solid floor. I also came to the conclusion I'm going to do the 20 birds in 2 batches of 10
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I'm curious to see how a wire floor works too. Maybe you could wire the floor on one tractor and keep us posted? My friend had something dig under his tractor and take every bird. A wire floor could prevent that.
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Hi. This is my first post. We have a wire floor in our chicken house. It works great. Almost all the poop goes down the wires except where they roost a night. We shovel that spot out almost every week, usually takes 2 minutes. You should have a wire floor instead of no floor!!!!we had a fox under the floor once. We let our chicken out for the day around 10am. We move the shed every few months
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