Chicken Tractor the Third: The Hyperion
It feels like I've been working on the third chicken tractor for years. Even though, checking through my blog archives, it's only been a month. I probably would have finished it sooner, except that I broke my wrist halfway through, and had to complete construction with just my left hand.
But it turns out that carpentry is just like knitting. If you work on it for half an hour a day after work, eventually it gets done. Many trips to Home Depot were required, much mosquito repellent was applied, and I accumulated more sawdust inside my wrist brace than seems medically warranted. But now it's finished!*
The Hyperion. Because it too is the third location. And it too is the best. And because I'm a dork that way.
this one that I found on the Backyard Chickens website.
Off the top of my head, it required eighteen 1x4s, three 4x8 sheets of 1/2" exterior grade plywood, 27 feet of 48-inch hardware cloth, and something slightly less than 200 1.5" screws. Since all of the 1x4s were culls, the entire project cost about $150.
the inside of a length of unused Cat5 cable). I also fastened a scrap bit of bird gutter guard to the wall above them.
And then guess what?
I realized it would work really well as skids. It does, too.
You should have seen me slinking out to the scrap pile to dig out those trashed gutters.
Anyway, since my broken wrist is directly related to skid friction problems, these gutters should be a pretty big improvement.
* Actually, I can't say that it's "finished." But it has chickens in it, so I'm calling it done, even though it still needs a few more hours of work.
** I was going to take them in two trips, I swear, but once I got in there, it was just too easy to cram them all in. It was only for a few minutes, honest.