Anyone make a BIG chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Haywire, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Haywire

    Haywire Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2011
    One that you actually tow around with a tractor?

  2. mattb#00

    mattb#00 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2011
    Wilmington NC
    I built one that was 12' by 32' and it lasted one day. It is now two 12' by 16' tractors. You need really flat terrain for a really large tractor. My 12 week old Leghorns were out of the tractor in 5 minutes,
  3. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    This is my 10x10 chicken tractor, I can pull it a foot or two (tow rope not attached yet in these pictures,) but my 50 something year old back really appreciates the tractor pulling it for me. I put a small tarp on top for shade. [​IMG]
  4. heritagehabitatfarms

    heritagehabitatfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2009
    clinton ar
    i have 2 that are 8X12 (they are 2 big) and 1 that is 8X8 about the right size... the reson you cant pull them with a tractor or truck or 4 weeler is that they all run to the back of the cage to get away from the noise and then get run over...
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Her's mine [​IMG]
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:I place a cushion between rope and my skin. Cushion / rope is against my tail as I backup pulling tractor. Takes load off back and enable watching chicks during first couple moves to ensure they do not get runover by rear part of tractor.

    My tractor is of the Salatin style and also limited to the flatter parts of pasture.
  7. Abirdbrain

    Abirdbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I had the experience of squishing 2 birds my dog disturbed as he barked at the birds. Not fun. He knew we wanted them to move, he just got it wrong. My coops are 4 ft tall 5 ft wide and 10 and 12 feet long, with a coophouse on the end. It is 4 x width, and they can run under it. I have too many predators here, so they only run free when I am around. A stray dog just got one of our Americauna Hens, and was finishing the gorge when I saw it. It was too close to roads and house to shoot.

    Anyway, the tractors I have I move with a lawn tractor, and the girls are attracted to the new grass. Mostly going slow and letting them move along is not a problem. A tractor that is too large can be a pita. Mine are built heavy with 2x4s so the bottoms act like skis, and the ropes lift the end a bit when pulling, as they are tied around the bottom of the posts. (corners) I use the poly rope boaters use, and it is fed back into itself like a chinese finger, and dont pull out.
  8. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Carla that looks amazing
  9. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    Thank you, my husband and a friend are good guys, it took but a few days and not much money. I don't remember where we found the design but I think it was from BYC showing step by step how to build it. My girls love it and I take comfort that they are safe from above.[​IMG]
  10. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin

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