1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by oldsoftie, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. oldsoftie

    oldsoftie Out Of The Brooder

    12
    0
    22
    Feb 28, 2008
    Chandler, Indiana
    I've seen some pictures of chicken tractors, and I'm thinking that I may try one this fall for some meaties. Can you share some pictures of your tractor, and tell me what you like, and what you would do differently, with your design?

    Do you keep your chickens in the tractor 24X7? Do you have preditor issues, and how do you overcome them? How often do you move it?

    Thanks in advance for the information.

    Brad
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,305
    15
    221
    Apr 29, 2007
    Ohio
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The last picture is the inside of mine. The lower they are the easier they are to move. I build mine 2 feet off of the ground, this also helps keep the heat in on colder months.

    Mine stay in 24/7 until they are processed, they go out to pasture at 14 days. Predators aren't realy an issue as the pens are well built and we also have a Great Pyrenees that protects the flock at night. We also use a skirt of wire that lays flat against the pen and sticks out about 1 foot. Predators walk up to the fence and start to dig under and to their surprise they dig straight into the wire. This also helps keep the birds in when you have a dip in the pasture.

    I wish I had more pics of mine, when the weather breaks I will post some.

    Good Luck,
     
  3. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a 10x6, but I'm building a more lightweight 10x10 out of PVC. I built mine heavy to avoid predator issues (I live in the middle of the Michigan woods,) but it's a pain to move around, and I've never had a problem with predators
     
  4. wisdom_seeker

    wisdom_seeker Out Of The Brooder

    93
    5
    41
    Sep 27, 2008
    CT
    I had an issue with predators. They dug under the side and I lost 2 chickens. What happened was the birds would sleep on the "open" end of the tractor in plane sight. By adding a door on the closed in end the predators would no longer tunnel under the tractor. I'm thinking that they don't like to tunnel into an unknown area that they cant see. This is my experience for what it is worth.
     
  5. playingchicken

    playingchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    113
    0
    119
    Jun 13, 2008
    My dad put an electric fence around his at night to keep the coyotes at bay.
     
  6. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

    291
    3
    141
    Apr 15, 2008
    Vermont
    Here's mine

    [​IMG]
     
  7. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    946
    12
    161
    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    [​IMG]
     
  9. carress

    carress Chillin' With My Peeps

    242
    0
    131
    Mar 26, 2008
    Orange county NY
    willheveland -
    I notice that the place you last had that tractor had almost no grass..how long did it take the birds to do that?

    How long does it take for your grase to grow back?
     
  10. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    946
    12
    161
    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Quote:I try to move them everyday at least,when they are smaller you don't have to move as often.I don't really find them eating the grass.It's mostly from heavy traffic.
    It's mostly matted down with manure,but depending on the quality of your yard maybe a week or two to spuce back up.I often sprinkle ag lime on the spot where they were.At the end of the season you can see a trail where the tractor was dragged because of the dark green from all the nitrogen in the manure. Will
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by