Chicken Tractor Made for 24 Dollars thanks to skids (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Want2BFarmer, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Want2BFarmer

    Want2BFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some pictures of my recently finished tractor that was made from wood skids. I cut the skids apart and then used the pieces to construct the tractor. The only thing I bought was the 2x4's to construct the long parts of the run area. It is not the greatest tractor ever but it will work for my meat birds. I just wanted to prove that you can have chickens without having to spend a lot of money.

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  2. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on a job well done! I'm working on a big tractor, and trying to keep it under $60.
    Sorry if I sound really ignorant... but, by "skids," do you mean pallets?
     
  3. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering the same thing. How did you get the pallets apart and the wood so nice looking? Did you do a lot of sanding?

    Your tractor looks GREAT!
     
  4. Want2BFarmer

    Want2BFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    By skids I mean pallets and the wood is not the best looking .... all I did was bleach it to get it some what consistent in color and then stain. I wanted it to look rough like a old barn. Hopefully the chickens approve of their home.
     
  5. Want2BFarmer

    Want2BFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a sawzall to cut the pallets a part .... took a while to do that
     
  6. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay now I need directions and how do you bleach the wood? I have a big stack of old skids . Now What do I do? LOL
     
  7. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good job recycling [​IMG]
     
  8. Clay in MS

    Clay in MS Out Of The Brooder

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    I think the chickens will appove. Good Job. I just started a "low budget" coop. I had scrap lumber lying around. I think the chicken wire will be the most expensive part of the project.
     
  9. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks nice! I have been thinking about what kind of tractor I will make for my chickies. I have a while since I haven't gotten them yet!

    I was snooping around my landlord's barn (she told me I could store some stuff there) and saw some good sized chunks of scrap plywood .....hmmm... if I show her the cute little fuffy babies and tell her they will need a nice secure home when they get bigger.....and offer to clear out that part of the barn....
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Nice job.
     

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