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Chicken Tractor Design for Uneven Sloped Land

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cindy M, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Cindy M

    Cindy M Hatching

    Mar 16, 2013
    Does anyone have advice for designing a chicken tractor that could be used on unevenly sloped land? I am concerned moving the tractor to different locations on the uneven terrain could leave enough room for predators to sneak in or chickens to sneak out under the straight bottom edge of the chicken tractor due to the inconsistent spacing between the ground and the bottom of the tractor. Is there a recommended distance that I can have between the ground and the bottom of the tractor to ensure no predators can get in? Is there a flexible material that I could put around the bottom to discourage predators from getting in or chickens from getting out. I am new to this site and haven't started raising chickens yet. I want to understand best practices in coop / run design before I start raising my chickens. I'd prefer to use a tractor, but understand that I may not be able to find a solution that will work with my terrain and I may just have to keep the chickens in one spot on the land that is level.
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Use wide wire aprons all around it that you can fold up to move. and keep it as small as possible
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Ours is rectangular. We place it across the slope, not going up and down the slope. That seems to be most successful. Some spots leave too much of a gap and just don't work, so you just move to another spot. You really learn your terrain in a hurry. [​IMG]

    It also helps to keep it shorter, as you build, so it doesn't tip over. I also kept it smaller and lighter in weight. When you have to drag it uphill, it helps.

    I went with a bowl of water, instead of a gravity waterer. Hanging a waterer would work, too. Otherwise, it's hard to get it level if it sits on the ground. If it's not level, it empties out.

    The only other two things I watched out for are the roost and the door.

    I like the roost to not be at an extreme angle. It's placed so it's running across the slope and pretty level, not going up and down the slope at an extreme angle. I think that's more comfortable for the chickens.

    Don't have the door on the uphill side if it swings open to the side or the hill will block it. I designed the door to fold down, so it would always open, but my husband did it his own way and it's a problem. A sliding door would work great, too.

    Except for a couple of spots that were particularly uneven, it's worked great.
  4. BeccaBeeOly

    BeccaBeeOly In the Brooder

    Dec 12, 2012
    Great thread... I was seeking the same information. Will anxiously await more comments!
  5. HandsomeRyan

    HandsomeRyan Renaissance man

    Feb 18, 2013
    Music City, USA
    Make a wire mesh floor that the grass can come up through, the poop can fall down through but would prevent both predators from getting in and chickens from getting out?
  6. UPSweeten

    UPSweeten In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2016
    Does any one have photos of a tractor with aprons for uneven ground?
  7. BugStalker

    BugStalker Songster

    Feb 2, 2016
    How would they dust bathe?

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