Chicken Tractor Sunnyside Up

By gackeleia · Jul 20, 2012 · ·
  1. gackeleia

    Our tractor is small and can be moved fairly easily in dry weather. It was designed with 3-4 chickens in mind. Many of the materials were recycled from stuff we had around the house or bought dirt-cheap at an auction. One great thing I found was that you can buy small sample cans of paint for less than $3 at Home Depot, so I bought a small can of yellow and red. The green and brown paint we got cheap as "mistints" somewhere. The fact that I only had limited amounts of four paint colors limited the design somewhat, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. The coop is definitely a work in progress as we are just finding out additional requirements (e.g. with temps over 100 for more than 10 days in a row, we realized that the two vents were not enough and we decided to add an extra window--will be done shortly). We're planning on adding a pipe water system with chicken nipples in the coop and below and a tube feeder inside the coop that can be filled from the outside. The coop has a PVC pipe run that can be removed, and the area under the coop is enclosed as well, with a door for easy access and as a way to let the chickens out to free range once they are older. Right now our chicks are just over 4 weeks old, and they seem to love their "big" home (no wonder after living in a rubbermaid tub for three weeks).




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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed May 26, 2019
    Wish there were more details on how this was built. Super nice job on painting the exterior!
  2. Nardo
    "Nice paint"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Aug 20, 2018
    Good job building this coop and using oops paint. Be nice to know how it is arranged inside and what dimensions it actually is.
  3. CCUK
    "Looks good"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 12, 2018
    Nice colourful coop. Would be nice to see it finished.


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  1. N F C
    Good job on painting the exterior!
  2. paridisefarm2009
    That is super sweet !!

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