Any ideas for an ideal chicken tractor for chicks ( fox proof)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Brandon97, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi It's Brandon!
    On the weekend, me and my dad are building a XL chicken tractor on wheels, but i dont know what design we should go for. It will be used to get our chicks (RIR and BARNEVELDER) ready to live with the others outside, by putting the tractor next to the hen run to get them used to other birds. When our silkies grow it may be used as a permanent home, so we want it to be large and fox proof, our run is electrified. They are bantams (the silkies), so should i use the run or the tractor for a permanent home?(this will decide the size). Any ideas/designs would be great.
    Thanks in advance.
    Brandon:D [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    To fox proof, just fasten strong wire up to 2X4 to the lower tractor frame edge let the skirt lay to the outside about 18" to 24". It will move with the tractor or if the tractor is real big, clip it to the wall with clothes pins while moving and then release when you have arrived. The nice thing about this method is if the bottom rail of the tractor does not touch the ground, you are still chicken tight and fox proof. [​IMG]
     
  3. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Idea! I will use that most defo!
    up to 2X4 to the lower tractor frame

    what do you mean by this? are you referring to the skirt size?
    clip it to the wall with clothes pins while moving and then release when you have arrived.

    Thats probably what we will do, for ease of use/movement, and probably 24" like you suggested
    bottom rail of the tractor does not touch the ground, you are still chicken tight and fox proof.

    Yes great thinking! Most of our land is on slope, and so will probably have gaps, I was very worried about this until your idea came along!

    Thanks for the advice, it's really helpful, i will post a pic of the finished product saturday or sunday.
    Brandon. [​IMG]
     
  4. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2x4 is the wire opening size

    Hey Brandon How about sharing some pics when your done? [​IMG] You may have a idea I need to steal [​IMG]
     
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  5. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that makes much more sense haha!
    I will defo post some pics for you, either in this thread or i will start a new topic and e-mail you a link!
    Thanks loads, youve been a real help!
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  6. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry its taken more than a week, in fact, it will be ready in another weeks time (3 weeks now), the rain is being a nuisance!
     

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