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Chicken Tractor--to scoot, or not to scoot

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Oldpilot, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

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    Hopefully this is the proper area to post about the topic of chicken tractors.

    First questions and then go from there:
    First off I'm looking for a design or pics of a Large tractor that can house up 17 + or - a couple birds that are Laying hens. I prefer to build out of wood instead of PVC, but will look at PVC designs. I looked at the "hen hideout" here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hen-hideout
    That is a brilliant design, but too small for my needs. I even planned out one similar on Sketchup twice that size, and it's still a bit lacking. I was going to use the one IBC tote tank for the coop part, but that could only house 8 birds at max. 48"x48"x40"

    I'm thinking of either good strong tarps from Amazon, or go with corrugated panel, which I'm no fan of due to the gaps (snakes). Of course I could put on hardware cloth, then panel over the cloth...
    Anyway. I've looked through designs here so far and have found nothing for Layers yet.[​IMG]

    Help?
     
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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  3. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input, but nah, I don't like that particular one.
    Now on page 13 of 1000+ of the coop pictures....Sigh. I do have a rough idea of what I want to do. Thinking in the area of a 12'x16' or 10'x16'. If we can get lumber that long delivered. Our one close main source for lumber stopped doing deliveries. Always something.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Problem is making '17 birds' and 'tractor' go together......hard to have a coop big enough and still be mobile.

    Do you plan on free ranging?

    Think trailer...build large coop on trailer and move with ATV or garden tractor or car/van/truck.
     
  5. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How level is your ground? That big will be hard to keep tight to the ground.
     
  6. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

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    Trailer means free ranging, and that ain't happening here with all the hawks, even if I had electric fence.
    Been working on a design. 8'x16' with a 4'x8' coop on the "back" end. Doing CAD in Sketchup.
    17 birds were ordered, will all 17 survive? Time will tell.
     
  7. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan on making a 24" wide skirt or apron out of hardware cloth (1/2 or 1/4 inch) along all sides that is removable. Ground is sloping in some spots, but flat enough in most areas for a 8'x16' tractor. (See above.)
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    4x8 is really small for that many birds.
    What is your climate?
     
  9. Oldpilot

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    Just woke up, getting coffee, and chicks are at post office. Wife is getting them. Thought just crossed my mind that I asked the first questions on this thread, and nobody has any solutions or ideas either, just More questions....
    Such is life. I'm getting too old and mean for this in the morning. [​IMG]

    Climate is mississippi-ish
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    You got a couple answers, you just didn't like them. [​IMG]
     
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