The Chikin Trakter

By sabella · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. sabella
    Here is the Chikin Trakter. It is 4'x10'. The coop is 4' square. The floor of the coop is poultry netting as are the walls of the run. There is no floor in the run. It is framed out with 2x2s. The run door is a mix of scraps we had laying around. The coop door is just a sheet of plywood. We will be reinforcing this as it has bowed a bit. I still need to put a coat of paint on the coop, it is just primed at the moment. It will be white. We made it match our barn which is white with black trim and a red tin roof. The hatches on the side have different purposes. The one on the left will be egg access the one on the right is a window. The nesting boxes will be added when the chickens are old enough to use them. We have hung the water inside the coop (with a bit of clothesline and a carabiner) and the food is hung in the run.The pop door has a magnetic cabinet closure to keep the baddies out. A clothesline rope is attached to an eye screw just above it. The rope then runs through a small pulley and is secured outside the coop with an anchor.

    If I had it to do again I would make it longer. A 4x6 run looks sort of small with my youngsters in it. I would stick with the 4x4 coop though. I would also put in a hatch where the feeder hangs so you don't have to go inside to feed. We will be building a permanent coop later and this will become the home for excess roosters. AKA Custer's Brigade. Because they'll all be massacred.:confused:

    Sherman the roo and his ladies welcome you to their TRAKTER!

    And Now we also have the Chikin Trakter Sport edition. It is our quarantine coop..


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    "Simple, practical and affordable. Easy make!"
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    So many tractors are show pieces which is understandable for a backyard hobby. But many take a lot of skill to make as well as costly materials. I live in a place where finding cheap labor is impossible and a lot of materials are hard to get and super expensive so this idea really appeals to me.
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    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 10, 2018
    I would like to have seen in process pictures.
    I don't think it is predator resistant. A magnetic latch is very unlikely to keep out a predator. The poultry wire aka chicken wire will keep chickens in. It will not keep predators out.


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  1. cblakley0531
    I've been looking for a tractor coop that had the same dimensions as my sketch/design had! haha! The only difference I have on mine is that my coop will be raised up about 1' to 1.5' to keep the run space at 40 sq ft, we have five chickens otherwise I was going to be doing exactly what you did here :) So my question is, do you find it easy for one person to move, or does it take two people to move it comfortable. My father who is helping us with constructing the coop says it's going to be too heavy...thoughts?

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