building a chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sam208, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Sam208

    Sam208 Songster

    Jun 3, 2009
    Ok im thinking about building a tractor for the meat birds. would some post pics of there to help me get a ideal.

    Now i do have one question on the floor what do you put down to keep the foxes, coyotes and the coons form diging under to get the birds at nite.

  2. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Hello! I build Catawba Converticoops and with that design, there's a ramp that's lifted at night, closing the chickens into a loft area where animals get at them. That seems to work well.

    Hope this helps! Have fun building!
  3. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    For *meat chickens*, which is what the original poster was asking about, you want a different kind of tractor than what most people are going to be using for their laying and show and pet birds. (For a whole variety of good design reasons).

    I'd suggest browsing tractor threads in the Meat Birds Etc section of BYC, as there are lots of broiler-specific examples there that you can choose from or get ideas from.

    The most common way to keep predators out is probably just having the tractor enclosed within a fairly predatorproof electric fence, either specially for the chickens or because it contains other livestock as well.

    Failing that, most people just trust to luck and the fact that the chickens won't be in there all that many weeks. You *can* make a wire apron to lie on the ground all around/beyond the tractor edges, but that will be a big nuisance when you're moving the tractor once or twice a day.

    You cannot have a mesh floor in a tractor of this type, as it would prevent you from bieng able to move it.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. Sam208

    Sam208 Songster

    Jun 3, 2009
    thanks i wasnt sure of were to post

    thanks sam208

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