Can I make a tractor out of this?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tdub4chiks, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I have this:

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    Then I have this:

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    What's wrong with this picture...lol

    Anyway, I built my original coop to be a tractor, but with all the stuff donated from friends, it ended up way to heavy and the pen is only 4' x 4' (so is the coop).

    I was thinking that maybe I could make a tractor out of the unused dog house. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    Absolutely! I'm a little jealous. Wish I had one of those to go with my little box cage. I would use big washers and bolts to attach it to a small pen of sorts. I'm no expert though and would have to ask for lots of help from my DH.
     
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  5. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the tips. I do have a lot of hardware cloth and chicken wire available. I put chicken wire on the floor of my pen, but put hardware cloth all the way around. I still need to do the skirting before the snow starts to fly.

    I'll have to start gathering material this winter, so the girls can have a tractor for next spring.
     
  6. Karens62

    Karens62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, I've got one of those too, the puppy in the bed, I mean [​IMG]

    The doghouse tractor looks like a perfect quarantine pen.
     
  7. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    Here's my dog house tractor.

    Hardware cloth apron out about 15".
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    You need to have an easy way to feed and water them. I was going to put the door on the end but desided I didn't want to have to bend down to get it in there, so I made the door on the top of the run. So happy I did.
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    You need an easy way to gather eggs, clean out the house, or check on a broody. I love that this dog house was built with piano hinged top.
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  8. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet Cheeks, that is a really nice coop. I know the girls want out of their small pen so bad, but I just can't. My son has one dog that would love to get at them & I always have the neighbor dog visiting. I have to try to make it so I can put the tractor against the coop, and have them enter the tractor from the coop. I guess a door on the side of the pen would work.

    I'm sure I will get alot of great ideas on this thread. Thanks
     
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    I'll be interested to see what and how you make something out of that dog house. I got the same dog house FREE on Craigslist a couple months ago I was going to use for my ducks but desided I didn't like that is doesn't have built-in ventilation nor a door to lock up at night, so it just sits.
     
  10. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just thinking of a place they can get shelter when it rains or when they want to lay an egg. I wouldn't leave them in it at night.

    I'm sure I could use hole saws to put ventilation in, but not sure how I would add the hardware cloth. Probably with screws & washers & bolts. As far as a roost, I could pre-drll through the house into the 2x4 & attach with screws.

    I was also thinking of taking off the clear plastic door shield and cut more strips (only has 1 cut) and putting this on the bigger coop so I can leave the pop door open even during the winter. It should help control the cold from going in. Just an idea.
     

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