Anyone build and sell chicken tractors/coop?!?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wolf-Kim, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen the commercial things that are going for a crazy price $$$. Most of them are a basic small building with a roost and a nest and then a small attached wire run. To me those prices are absolutely crazy! Then again, it could be because I scrap all my material. LOL

    Does anyone here build and sell coops and tractors themselves? I'm thinking about trying it, for those people who want backyard chickens. Our used-to-be rural area is now mostly subdivisions and driving around, I see several people keeping chickens in rabbit hutch style cages off the ground.

    What do your's look like?
    What do you sell them for?
    How do you advertise?
    (We have lots of poultry sales and stuff, but they are usually over an hour away and with gas like it is, I would hate to waste money driving to sales and not neccessarily making a sale myself. LOL)

    -Kim
     
  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    My dad built mine and I have been trying to talk him into building them and selling them. He really does have a talent for building and I swear it would stand up in a tornado if he builds it, lol. Mine is the A-frame style(or ark) and I just love it.
    What part of NC do you live Wolf-kim. I am in the southwestern part.
    I think that would be a great business idea because I would much rather have one built "right" than some of the flimsy models I have bought in the past.
     
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm located near and around Fayetteville. So we have quite the population around us.

    You have pictures of your's?

    -Kim
     
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  4. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I built a really nice one and I thought maybe I could sell them in the future when my dad hooks up his air compressor so that I could use his air nailer and make them really fast! It would be fun and I saw some here in ohio go for 150.00 or more and it is even higher if you buy them from a website cause of the shipping charges.
     
  5. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I'm located near and around Fayetteville. So we have quite the population around us.

    You have pictures of your's?

    -Kim

    I do but have not figured out the whole downloading thing. I am going to get my husband to show me this evening and I will send you a picture. I can email them no problem if you would want me to do that.
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm located near and around Fayetteville. So we have quite the population around us.

    You have pictures of your's?

    -Kim

    I do but have not figured out the whole downloading thing. I am going to get my husband to show me this evening and I will send you a picture. I can email them no problem if you would want me to do that.

    [​IMG] Thanks!

    -Kim
     
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like a plan to me! A nail gun can be a useful toy. [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
  9. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sell coops and tractors. I start with a log and mill the wood, build the coop, and deliver. A trailer is a must because most have to be delivered.

    I get 500.00 each for these. https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=13597-My_coops

    My
    cheapest model is 250.00 and they go up to well over 1000.00. The demand is good especially for small ones for backyard flocks.... I got a call from a feed dealer a few weeks ago who wanted 20 for resale..... I had to turn them down because I don't want to tie my time up in commercial jobs and not beable to cover the private individual sales that are my bread and butter.....supply wise they cost me less than 50.00 each to build.
     
  10. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Man, Sugarbush, I wished we lived closer to each other. Those are some fine looking coops and you can't beat the price.
     

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