Chicken Tractor - Keep predators from digging under?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by volleypc, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. volleypc

    volleypc Out Of The Brooder

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    I love the idea of a chicken tractor, but we have coyotes and foxes around the area. If I do not install wire under the tractor won't predators be able to dig their way under the tractor? If you install wire on the floor how do you move the tractor without harming the chickens? The only thing I can figure is to not attach the floor to the bottom of the tractor and to build an additional one the same size. Then I can just lay the floor on the area I will drag the tractor to and place it on top of it? Any suggestions?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Use "aprons" that you can fold up when you move it
     
  3. jaxtonbloemhard

    jaxtonbloemhard New Egg

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    I was wondering the same thing and doing really want to put a ring of wire around the rim.... What should I do:he
     
  4. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    If space is not an issue, use a hinged apron, the tractor will be easier to move An apron will add 24" to 36" to the overall length & width of the unit. Keep the chickens in the coop while moving or move while they're out of tractor so you don't have to worry about injury. We got chickens to aid in gardening, the garden beds have been there for a long time & I'm not changing them for the chickens so space is an issue. I have a wire bottom on mine but they also have a large run & tractor location is semi permanent, it only gets moved every 3 or 4 months. I had considered a removable bottom but they are seldom restricted to the tractor.[​IMG]
     
  5. IttyBiddyRedHen

    IttyBiddyRedHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We made 2 chicken tractors with fence wire floors. They are 2 story though, so I try to get the birds to the upstairs and locked in before I move it. The fence wire floor has openings big enough to allow the birds to eat and scratch through it.
    They have been in them almost 2 yrs now.

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