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Chicken Tractor Made for 24 Dollars thanks to skids (pics)

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Here are some pictures of my recently finished tractor that was made from wood skids.  I cut the skids apart and then used the pieces to construct the tractor.  The only thing I bought was the 2x4's to construct the long parts of the run area.  It is not the greatest tractor ever but it will work for my meat birds.  I just wanted to prove that you can have chickens without having to spend a lot of money.

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Congrats on a job well done!  I'm working on a big tractor, and trying to keep it under $60.
Sorry if I sound really ignorant... but, by "skids," do you mean pallets?

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I was wondering the same thing. How did you get the pallets apart and the wood so nice looking?  Did you do a lot of sanding? 

Your tractor looks GREAT!

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By skids I mean pallets and the wood is not the best looking .... all I did was bleach it to get it some what consistent in color and then stain.  I wanted it to look rough like a old barn.  Hopefully the chickens approve of their home.

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I used a sawzall to cut the pallets a part .... took a while to do that

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By skids I mean pallets and the wood is not the best looking .... all I did was bleach it to get it some what consistent in color and then stain.  I wanted it to look rough like a old barn.  Hopefully the chickens approve of their home.


Okay now I need directions and how do you bleach the wood?    I have a big stack of old skids .  Now What do I do?    LOL

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Good job recycling thumbsup

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I think the chickens will appove.  Good Job.  I just started a "low budget" coop.  I had scrap lumber lying around.  I think the chicken wire will be the most expensive part of the project.

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That looks nice! I have been thinking about what kind of tractor I will make for my chickies. I have a while since I haven't gotten them yet!

I was snooping around my landlord's barn (she told me I could store some stuff there) and saw some good sized chunks of scrap plywood .....hmmm... if I show her the cute little fuffy babies and tell her they will need a nice secure home when they get bigger.....and offer to clear out that part of the barn....

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Nice job.

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