1st Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SGM, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my 3 new Easter Eggers in a cage right now so we went to Lowe's today after drawing up a simple plan for a chicken tractor.

    So here we go...
    We bought 12 2x4s. They had 105" boards cheaper than 8' boards so we got the 105's. 3 pieces of OSB, exterior barn paint, 4 hinges (since revised), ventilation vents and latches. The original plan was to have the whole top hinged for clean out and the back was going to have a small hinged door for eggs. However, once we put it together in the framing we realized the space was a bit cramped for the back door and opted then to just use the top. The whole top seemed a bit big so we chose to reduce the size of the roof door.

    Here's our materials...
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    Here is the base and the top of the run, middle of the coop...
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    Here they are put together...
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    After the coop portion was added...
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    Enclosing...
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    And this is where we stopped today. After 3 1/2 hours of work...
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    That's as far as we got today. Tomorrow or during this week we'll finish enclosing it, put the roofing on, paint it, put the chicken wire on and finish trimming it out.

    I'm exhausted! Who would have thought it would be so exhausting!
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    AWESOME!!! Someone has some good carpentry skills!
     
  3. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! My DH really is talented and he LOVES to build things. So I lucked out talking him into building this. All I had to say was "Lowe's" Haha.
     
  4. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice! When can you build me one!
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It looks wonderful! Great job so far! [​IMG]
     
  6. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!! It is so helpful to see all the steps involved - helps me understand how things are constructed, etc...thank you for sharing!! I can't wait to see what you do next. Its fabulous!!
     
  7. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. Wouldn't you know it. It rained last night and should rain every day this week. Just my luck. So I don't know how much will get done this week now. [​IMG] Guess we'll try. I will need to pick-up a tarp or two to keep it from getting soaked.
     
  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Looks great!
    Wish I had taken time to look back on something as well put together as this before starting one of mine on my own.
    As soon as I upload the photos here everyone will laugh. I thought I started correctly but as time has gone on I have made tons of mistakes! That's what happens when one smartelic woman thinks she knows what she is doing.
    It's all a learning process and I'm sure my next one will be as nice as yours! At least I hope so!
     
  9. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking good keep us posted [​IMG]
     

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