My Chicken Tractor 1

  1. Barred Babies
    My Chicken Tractor

    After searching the BYC Coop pages and a bunch on line, I found the perfect tractor to copy from that looked super easy. So I went and bought everything I'd need!
    Here's the list of supplies and how much they cost!
    3 - 1x6 8 ft long (treated) $4.97 each total $14.91
    8 - 1/2 inch PVC pipe $1.22 each total $9.76
    1 - 50 ft. roll of chicken wire $38.50 total $20.00 (Didn't even use half the roll)
    12 - Pipe Straps $1.68 for 6 total $3.36
    8" Cable ties/Zip ties $17.99 for 1000 used about 200 total $3.60
    4 - PVC 90 degree elbows .28 each total $1.12
    1- 3/8" 6ft lond threaded pipe $5.80
    8 - Hex nuts 12¢ each total 96¢
    2- Cabinet handles $3.68 each total $7.36
    2 - tires (I already had these but I heard you can get some pretty cheap from Harbour Freight)
    I already had a tarp and the rope laying around.
    For a grand total of $69.87
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    I cut one of the 1x6 in half and screwed them together. I bent the first pvc pipe and placed it on the corner and screwed the straps on. Then I went to the other end and did the same. I then measured the distance in between the 2 and placed the middle one, and did the same thing for the next 2 so they would be equally spaced. I ran the piece on the top and started in the middle and zip tied it loosely to just hold it on there. After I got all the ties on I made sure I had it centered and started tightening them. I used 2 zip ties for each pipe to make sure it was very secure. I them started with the chicken wire, used the poultry staples and secured it on each side. Once it was completly covered I secured the wire to the pipe with the zip ties. On the middle section I secured the 2 pieces of chicken wire together and to the pipe at the same time.
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    As far as the door went I figured out how big I wanted it then measured 2 pieces of pipe and spaced them evenly. Screwed the straps on and zip tied them to the top. I them measured another piece of pipe for the top and screw it into the top of the arch. I then measured the pieces for the door and kept checking to see if they would fit with the 90 degree elbows on them. Once I had the door together I wrapped it in chicken wire and zip tied the wire on it. I used 2 zip ties put together to use as hinges! I don't believe it's going to work that well so I'm going to have to come up with another idea! After that I just stapled a tarp over it.
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    First I added the handles so it would be easier for me to lift up on the ends when I put on and take off the tires, I bought a 3/8" 5 ft long threaded rod from Lowes. You need to buy a pipe that fits your tires. My FIL had to cut it down for me. I used a 3/8" drill bit to make my holes. Fed the pipe through the holes and and we measured it to have 3" hanging out on eash side. I placed 3 hex nuts one right after the other so the tire would be spaced far enough away from the wood. I put the last nut once the tire was on.

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    I then drilled 2 more holes in the front to put my rope through. Put knots in the ends and it was ready to go! Tried it out by pulling it all over the yard!!

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    Then of course I had some nosey visitors!! [​IMG]

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    Thanks for looking!!

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  1. goodolsurvival1
    how tall is this in the center? been trying to figure out how to use pvc to make a hoop coop (open air concept) but have yet figured out how to do the math with height of the hoop and how to do it if we wanted so we could stand up in it lol.
  2. citygoincountry
    My husband and I started building one last night! We made it a little bigger 10x4 rather than 8x4. It got too late to finish but hope to have it down this weekend. We've got 12 6-8 week olds we'll be putting in there! My husband already had a design but I pulled this one and we went off your supplies/instructions instead. He's REALLY impressed. Score for you... that's hard to do! :)
  3. Chickenfarmer95
    How many hens can it hold
  4. jtbass2756
    I really like this design. It looks like something I could do myself and I'm not a carpenter! I do know how to use a hammer and screwdrivers. I have some c-clamps here I haven't used...wonder if they would hold the pipe to the boards, I have lots of ties I have pvc pipe but its larger and I don't think they would bend so easily. But one might do really well as the center pole. I'm just brain storming with myself here and trying to think thru it with stuff I have on hand. we just finished setting up my small coop (4 ladies) and we have some stuff not connected to any of the coop stuff. Thanks for the idea. I'm pinning this on my Pinterest
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  5. MarcoPollo
    Thank you for this tractor design tutorial. We are currently building this for our 6 Buff Orpingtons. It's light-weight and perfect for a temporary pen, which is just what we were looking for :)
  6. LightningTFarm
    Oh, I also meant to add that I will NOT be using chicken wire. It is too soft, and too easy for predators to just rip right through. On my bigger hoop coops I will be using 4' wire fencing with 2"x4" openings, with 1/2" hardward cloth on the bottom section to stop snakes. I had a 5 ft long chicken snake get through a 1" opening on my duck house the first night my ducklings were in it, and it killed three of them. It had eaten one, and the duckling shaped bulge in its middle kept it from getting back out. Since I was wearing shorts and flip-flops when I found it, I summoned my dad who dispatched it with a shovel. (While not poisonous, they WILL bite you and I have heard it hurts like crazy. I killed two or three more myself when wearing boots and jeans.) So, chicken wire with holes that big will NOT keep out snakes, much less dogs, coyotes, or raccoons, all of which we have in abundance here.
  7. LightningTFarm
    I had already figured out how to make a small hoop coop like this, but looking at your pictures just confirmed it. I am actually going to use this small size as a brooder, covering the end and hoop part with tarps. Since I live in East Texas and won't be getting my ducklings & goslings until mid-April, I should have no problem warming them with a heat lamp under a round metal cover that came off of a roof vent. When I get it all done I will post pictures for everybody to see. I bought tons of 1/2" pipe in 10 ft sections when the Sutherlands hardware store in Nacogdoches was closing (at 25% off), so I am also going to make a really big hoop coop as the permanent home for my Saxony ducks. What I love about this is I can make it myself, with maybe a little help from my 87-yr-old dad on the door. He can figure out how to do anything!
  8. ProfTi
    THIS IS AMAZING!!! I was trying to think of a tractor for my Cornish X's that would also retain more passive solar heat AND somewhat hidden from neighbors. This will be perfect. I have all the materials.
  9. Barred Babies
    Great job!!!
  10. dcsharpe
  11. Barred Babies
    Ha Ha yes it was the worst part of the whole thing!! =)
  12. dcsharpe
    I made one of these today! I didn't get pics done before dark but I should be able to get some tomorrow if it isn't raining. I swear, it is always the door that just breaks my spirit. It took me as long just to do the door as it took me to build everything else.
  13. trash80
    I like how they're 'flocking' to it ;-)
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  15. Jkioneil
    This is fabulous! we need something we can take down and move pretty easily. this looks perfect thanks for sharing it we have 4 large ladies and we are just going to extend it to 10 ft long and that should hold them nicely for the outdoor run part of the coop. thanks again!!
  16. Barred Babies
    Well, I raised 6 broilers in there for 12 weeks. I put 13, 2 month olds in there for a month an then had 7 in there till they were 4 months old and I have 4, 4 month olds in there now. If you use this as a permanent type coop I wouldn't go more that 3 or 4.
  17. smw18
    how many chickens does this size mible coop hold?
  18. Barred Babies
    Thanks for your great comments!! I believe the pipes come in 8 ft sections and I didn't cut them. Broilers is strictly why I built this and it worked great. I've also been rasing some BBS Marans in there since January. I did find that over the summer and winter that the ends of the zip ties made holes in the tarp so it really needs to be replaced annually. Now what might help that is if you secure your wire with the zip ties from the inside and not the outside so it would never come in contact with the tarp. Hope this Helps... Missi
  19. applegal
    I also have been looking for ideas for a movable tractor for broilers. Great idea! thanks
  20. quintinp
    I really like this Thumbs Up!
  21. taradrew
    How long was your pvc pipe for this project?
  22. taradrew
    I love this coop! I will be raising meat chickens again this spring and hopefully a few turkeys too. I was looking for something inexpensive and easy to move to house them, and also to be able to move them around so they can do a little foraging and to eliminate the need for bedding! I think this is just what I need! Thanks!

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