Can't keep our coop, and could use some tractor ideas. :(

Lucy4

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10 Years
Mar 7, 2009
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where chickens dare to tread..
Long story short: we have evil neighbors who reported us two weeks ago. Our chickens are illegal (though I didn't know that when we got them. Our town allows chickens, but we don't have the correct acreage.) We are applying for a variance, and the town is encouraging us... sounds like we might actually get to keep the girls. But not with our present coop. It is an enlarged playhouse, beautiful and we spent a lot on it. But it is too "permanent". So we need a tractor.

We are broke right now, so I'm stressing out. Hopefully we can sell our coop, but we have to build the tractor first obviously. I'm looking through the plans here, but feeling overwhelmed. Can someone point me in the right direction for one that won't cost me too much to make, and is easy to move? I have four pullets.

Thanks so much in advance.
 

babyblue

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Sep 23, 2009
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jack up your currant coop and either put some cheap wheels on it or jack it up and set it on a skid so it can be drug. that wouldnt be permanent, just hard to move.
 

BriteChicken

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Feb 23, 2010
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Huntsville, Alabama
There's a red hen house in the small coop section that I'm planning on using it looks good and should be under 150 I'm using scrap so even less.. also taking out a roost and building a nest box all it needs added and they were planning on adding wheels too.
 

adkchickmama

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10 Years
Jan 29, 2009
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Adirondacks
So sorry to hear about your neighbor problem. Babyblue has a good idea to jack it up put wheels on it , and make it "non-permanent" structure if that is possible. Don't let them stress you out to the point that you give up. If you can't retrofit your current coop then check out the Hoop designs on BYC, the A-frames do seem very easy and affordable. Check Craigs list for supplys. Praying you get your variance
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, and your nasty neighbors get
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down!!
 

featherbaby

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10 Years
Jun 18, 2009
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Jacksonville, FL 32210
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Have you thought of looking on Craig's list for some used SKIS? Jack that baby up and put a ski under each side and you have a mobile "playhouse". By the way, what would the ruling say if it was a playhouse for your children?????? Don't family pets go in the playhouse with the children?????Just thinking outside the coop. By the way, do the evil neighbors have any pets? Obnoxious barking dogs?
 

GlitterBug

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Apr 13, 2009
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I have some great, lightweight portable pens made from PVC pipe and chicken wire attached to it with zip ties. We borrowed a PVC pipe cutter to do this. I made the tops out of the same materials. They are so easy to use & move around your yard. You can cover them with a tarp to help keep them out of the rain and snow.
 

hrdwrkgrl

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Dec 15, 2008
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So sorry to read about your situation. Your in the right place for a fantastic solution... Super great ideas are getting posted at what seems record speed. Still in our first year raising chickens, I can only offer you my prayers. Will do. xoxox
 

scarter

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Aug 22, 2008
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Roberts, WI
I can't even imagine what the neighbors will think when you go from a cute playhouse coop to a portable hoop/ a frame/ rabbit hutch/ etc. coop! They will probably wish they'd kept their mouth shut. Good Luck. I hope it all works out. We're thinking of making our duck house out of pallets with siding. I'm not sure how much the siding is going to be so I can't recommend it as being cheap yet.
 

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