Best one person portable chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ben harpo, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. ben harpo

    ben harpo Hatching

    Jan 21, 2014

    This is my best chicken coop yet. It is designed for a property in Colorado at 8500 ft.

    The A frame design is ideal for enduring severe weather. It also allows the peak to be over 6' high which the APA recommends.

    The wheels are on aircraft inspired landing gear. The wheels are attatched to a lever. The lever raises and hooks into a loop of wire. This forces the wheels down raising the floor of the coop up about 10" off the ground. There are hanging bucket feeders and waterers inside the coop directly in line with the wheels. The wheels are very close the center of mass. There is a handle on the right side of the photo. With the wheels down one person can easily move this 200 lb structure on rough ground.

    The nest boxes have wire bottoms covered with straw. For cleaning the straw is tossed out, and everything else falls through the wire bottom. The nest boxes also have a door in the back which folds down to become a horizontal shelf for setting egg cartons on. The one mistake I made was putting the nest boxes 3' off the ground. The young chickens had a hard time figuring out how to get up there, thus the ramp was added.

    The floor and all sides are covered by 2x1" welded wire fence, for predator protection, and a bit of additional chicken wire around the bottom of the walls. When the landing gear is released the fence floor sits directly on the ground. There are also sticks for the chickens to stand on. And straw may be added in cold weather, so the chickens don't have to stand on metal. The floor space is 4'x8'.

    Moving the coop automatically cleans the coop. Everything except dense mats of straw automatically fall to the ground and stays behind whenever the coop is moved.

    The front door has two bolt latches. The bottom bolt is very large. When closed it latches to the coop. When open it pokes into the ground preventing the front door from flapping in the wind.

    The siding of the coop consists of recycled yard signs from a political campaign. This is 1/4 corrugated plastic material, that is waterproof, insulating, clean, and free. The wood used was 2x4" for the bottom and the landing gear, 1x3" for everything above ground level. Most of the materials were on hand, so only $70 was spent on new materials.

    The run for the chickens is protected by electric netting.

  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    You did a wonderful job!

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