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I am hoping that someone will tell me how to build a chicken tractor out of pvc.  I put one together and it really is not staying together.  The birds I put in there can get out.  I lost a chick today because the wee ones could get out but mama couldn't.  I would really like to have one that I could put some meat birds in, like those color rangers.   

Also, easy to follow door instructions for one would be much appreciated. smile

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I just want to write so I don't loose your post and my husband can write to you later his evening.  He built a PVC tractor and it worked real well. We raised 45 meat bird over the summer in two batches. He just moved it a little bit on the lawn everyday. He doesn't have plans, but he saw some people who had one on their farm and stopped to look at it and then put it together. It was fairly inexpensive and we just covered with a tarp and a shade tarp.

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1 New Hampshire Reds - 1 Rooster (Little Roo), 2 Hens(The grumps),

Love is blind, but marriage is an eye opener - author unknown

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next: Mathew Arnold 1822 - 1888

 

My wood shop and our home are 100% solar powered.

 

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we put together a little run for them , it is really a tractor run, but we used pipe adhesive to keep the joints together and then plastic zipped tied the plastic netting to the frame. I put it up against their chick n hutch and cut a flap for the door to go against the coop door. When I decied to move it I can easly close the flap with velcro strips or zips  ( which would have to be cut everytime you open ) , Itoo was looking for pvc door directions.

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The 2008 aug-Oct issue of Organic Gardening has a neat one on page 80 under their closer look section by Abigal Poulete.  It also has a curved door.  It is hoop shaped .  A green metal body and pvc looking frame for the door and netting.  the tractor design was by Ed Rains.  Maybe the organic gardening paople can help you get a picture, or he may have a site.  I have not checked.  Jean

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  Love 1 hb,,  my children, many grands, one spoiled rotten cat,  mtns, chicks, crochet, lots of friends. My hens and a few sweet roos      NPIP 55928
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sweetshoplady
Here is a site that might better explain how to make the door hinges: http://www.pvcplans.com/

Our
tractor is approximately 6' wide, 11' long, and 4.5' tall. It is made of 3/4" PVC pipe. I used the PVC primer & PVC cement to join the PVC. The chicken wire is held in place by zip ties. I over lapped the wire on the edges. The best I can say I did with the wire is to cover everything, even if I had to over lap it. I also used the zip ties and a wooden dowel as a door closer as seen in 1 of the pictures. One of the modifications I am going to do next season is to add another door to the other end. I have the hinges already in place. The tractor was covered with a blue poly trap from 1 end to approximately 1/3 point,  and a shade tarp the rest of the way. The bottom of the tractor is left open.  I don't have drawings for the tractor.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_side_view.jpg
Side view of our tractor

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_door_hinge.jpg
Door hinge

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_door_close.jpg
How the door was kept close.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_door_open.jpg
How the door opens.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_front.jpg
Front view of the tractor

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_food-water_support.jpg
The food and water support - Held 3 gallons of water and 12lbs of food.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_corner.jpg
Corner connection

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_ground_upright.jpg
The upright braces (?)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/13440_rig_line.jpg
Rig line

1 New Hampshire Reds - 1 Rooster (Little Roo), 2 Hens(The grumps),

Love is blind, but marriage is an eye opener - author unknown

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next: Mathew Arnold 1822 - 1888

 

My wood shop and our home are 100% solar powered.

 

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1 New Hampshire Reds - 1 Rooster (Little Roo), 2 Hens(The grumps),

Love is blind, but marriage is an eye opener - author unknown

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next: Mathew Arnold 1822 - 1888

 

My wood shop and our home are 100% solar powered.

 

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Originally Posted by sweetshoplady 

I am hoping that someone will tell me how to build a chicken tractor out of pvc.  I put one together and it really is not staying together.  The birds I put in there can get out.  I lost a chick today because the wee ones could get out but mama couldn't.  I would really like to have one that I could put some meat birds in, like those color rangers.   

Also, easy to follow door instructions for one would be much appreciated. smile


you can get plans at www.pvcplans.com           Will

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THIS IS NIFTY!!! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!

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I'm thinking of modifying this for my Ware Chick-n-Hutch as well and wish the pictures were still up from the girl who did this!

I'm somewhat concerned about predators being able to lift it up since PVC is so much lighter than wood, so I'm thinking of using playground sand to fill the base and possibly the upright posts as well.

For people who have done this, have you used 3/4" or 1" piping? I'd like to make a door at the end for free-ranging but not sure this will be sufficient...

All in all this looks wonderful, a $50, maybe $75 investment rather than tons of wood, nails, staple guns and tons and tons of work (as I did previously). I'm looking forward to considering this option! I just need to see if my local hardware stores sell 4-way tee joints...


Edited by BlazeJester - 8/2/11 at 8:19am

~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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