best tractor for a cooooold winter


8 Years
Aug 23, 2011
I am new here, and wondering if anyone could share their opinions on the best tractor for harsh winters. I live outside of Chicago and want to keep 3-4 chickens. I was looking at the Garden Ark, but don't know if it will hold up to, say, a blizzard like the one last Feb? Any input, pics or links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


11 Years
Aug 6, 2011
In Happy Chickenland, Holland MI
My Coop
My Coop
go to the bookstore, get a coop book, and pick a plan and build it... use good 2x4 and 2x6 to frame, wolmanized wood... Get good solid wood... be sure to vent it, but keep it from being drafty... a window for natural need a floor base of16 feet... so basically build a 4x4 box with a door, a window and vent, a roost thats flat and broad, so the chickens can rest their breasts on their feet.... a power cord inlet for keeping water heated... vent at the top... you cold even go so far as to insulate... i am right across the lake from you, so i know what you mean about that storm... a lot of the store bought coops... they are really built with cheap wood. you always need to as extra screws to tighten them up... so easier to build your own, and considering you only want 4 birds, you could get away with just 3 4x8 panels cut in half, 2 2inx6inx12ft cut in half for support posts, 4 2inx4inx8ft cut in half... and build a box, cut in a door, hinge it, caulk and seal all the seams, paint it, roof it, and there you go... simple and quick...

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