a simple collapse-able chicken tractor plans :>

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mudpaw, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I drew up some plans for a simple chicken tractor design...it's great for those of us who might need a temporary/seasonal tractor or even for a broody hen, but don't have tons of space to store them when not in use. This design fold totally flat (except for the nest box) for easy storage. What do you all think? I hope I described the steps well enough-any questions, just ask!!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=42093-collapse-able-chicken-tractor
     
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    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice. We built something very like that last Summer and it works great. Ours is a little heavier, framed with cedar hinged at the top with wire cloth. Heavier has pros and cons. It's a little more work to move, but more predator proof. The girls practically lived in it. In the fall we folded flat to store. A very handy thing to have.
     
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    firedancer57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it, thank you!
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  4. Lee

    Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, nice and simple. I keep and use 3 sizes of black (military spec) zip ties.
    Also I like the 3/4" grey electrical PVC because it is resistant to the sun's rays.
    To prevent it from sagging, the 1/2" metal electrical conduit will slide inside and it will still be lightweight.
    I use PVC plumbing elbows and to protect them from the sun, paint them with the spray paint designed for plastic.
    Thank you for sharing your design! [​IMG]
     
  5. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:that's a good idea! I may have to go and buy some grey conduit then [​IMG] and some metal conduit to go with it! Thanks for the input!

    Thanks everyone so far for your input and comments <3
     
  6. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like it too. Please will someone tell me though HOW you get your chickens into it without them running off, how big would it have to be for 15 birds AND how do you move it with birds in there?
     
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  7. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like it too. Please will someone tell me though HOW you get your chickens into it without them running off,

    Throw a handful of scratch inside.

    how big would it have to be for 15 birds

    HUGE!
    You would be happier making 3 smaller ones 5'x10'

    AND how do you move it with birds in there?

    If you make them light enough you can just drag them slowly.​
     
  8. DesertChickens

    DesertChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
     
  9. txhomegrown

    txhomegrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like this idea. I don't really have any space restrictions, so I wouldn't have to worry about the folding part. But the basic design idea is great. I am already trying to figure an easy way to put removable wheels on it. That way you could make it a lot bigger and still move it easily. Lawnmower wheels and some electrical conduit for an axle should get it done.
    Does the gray PVC come in 1 1/2 inch or bigger size? I found a place that sells every kind of PVC fitting under the sun.

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    You could use these fittings to make a frame and brace it using T-fittings every 2 or 4 feet. Wow! This has got my mind racing. A few of these would beat the hell out of building 1 big stationary run/coop.
    THANKS [​IMG]

    For really bad weather I could just roll them into my barn. It has a dirt floor so a little poop wouldn't hurt a thing
     
  10. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Cargo for the tips. As you can tell I dont have my birds yet...they will come around Feb 2 or 3. I have 5 acres and would like to move them around but I also have a lot of hawks, coyotes, dogs...etc.I LOVE the pvc idea too. I LOVE BYC! Where else would I learn this stuff?
     

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