Chicken Tractor Work in Progress (Pics Included)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cary00silve, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. cary00silve

    cary00silve New Egg

    Nov 30, 2009
    My family and I will be getting 4-5 pullets in the Spring. Since we live inside city limits in a subdivision I decided to build a chicken tractor with coop and run combined into one single portable unit. I also enjoy building things on a budget, so I recycled material whenever possible. A local machine company imports parts from Japan in large wooden crates. Since they don't send these crates back to Japan they sell them for $2 each. The crates are 46"L x 30"W x 24"H. I purchased two of these crates, then removed the tops and glued them together to form the hen house. This gives a floor space of approximately 10 square feet. I hinged the upper half of the back wall for access to clean the house and gather eggs. I used the top ply pieces to build a nest box, and will use the other top ply piece to form a door on the end of the run. Including everything from paint to hinges to chickenwire, I have $55 invested in the tractor. The pictures below represent the current status of the coop. I still have to paint the run framing, install chicken wire into the run, install the run door, and install a galvanized steel roof on hen house. I am new to chickens, so if you see any design flaws PLEASE let me know. My biggest concern is that I may have placed the roost too high. I have it 24" off of the floor, so once I have the bedding in it will be about 20" off the floor. Thanks, and I look forward to meeting everyone!

  2. Peepin out of the egg

    Peepin out of the egg Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 26, 2009
    Hi OMG!Same thing here except we are building a coop!:hugsWow total coincidence!howmany you getting?We are getting 10-12 and our chicken coop is 8 x 8 their run is 9 x 12!how big is yours?We are like totally the same![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] should I stop putting icons now?nah![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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