chicken tractor size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dippy, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. dippy

    dippy New Egg

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    This is my first time posting a question. We are new to the chicken biz and have 5 Road island reds. would like to build a chicken tractor, but not sure of the size? How many square feet should you have for 5 chickens? Thanks
     
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    4 or 5 sq foot pre bird.a 4ftw by 6ftltractor will be big enough.give you close to 6sqft a bird.
     
  3. Becky89*

    Becky89* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken tractor holds up to fifteen birds at a time and it is 18ft x 36 ft. Its very comfy for my birds cause they have never seemed uneasy about being in there and by that I mean digging trying to get out or fly to the top of the tractor searching for the skies.
     
  4. redhead83402

    redhead83402 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Becky89* :

    My chicken tractor holds up to fifteen birds at a time and it is 18ft x 36 ft. Its very comfy for my birds cause they have never seemed uneasy about being in there and by that I mean digging trying to get out or fly to the top of the tractor searching for the skies.

    Wow becky!! That's aawesome ~ we have 16 hens, and are trying to figure out a way to make a tractor that will fit them in for summer ranging, and yet not take up the whole back yard. I don't think we could get away with an 18x36, our little backyard is just 4 lots wide ( about 75 ft across the back. We may have to make a tractor for just 8 at a time, I guess they can take turns tilling? Does that sound right? ~ lol I don't want to mess with their pecking order dynamics ~ do you guys know if that would mess them up?
    ~Red ~{:>)=​
     
  5. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Becky89* :

    My chicken tractor holds up to fifteen birds at a time and it is 18ft x 36 ft. Its very comfy for my birds cause they have never seemed uneasy about being in there and by that I mean digging trying to get out or fly to the top of the tractor searching for the skies.

    That would be 648 sq ft, right? If you divide that by the 4 sq ft you need for each bird, you could have 162..... is that right? Or are my calculations off? I'm trying to figure out how to build myself a tractor and I'm having a hard time. I'm trying to house 15 grown chickens, and another for up to 60 chickens (until they are 4-5 months old and then I'll be splitting them into separate breeds).

    How do you move yours around? Do you have pics you could post or email me?​
     

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