Chicken tractors roofed with metal?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by willheveland, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I always used plastic tarps on my meat chicken tractors. The tractors I've always built were 4 ft high so I could go inside to feed and water. I liked these because during the off seasons I could use these for raising other breeds as well.
    I want to build a few just for meaties. This will be lower to the ground as I won't be walking in. I've been thinking of using metal for the top but my concerns are "Would it make the tractor hot for the birds" being so close to their heads. I usually have them out in the sun all summer but with the tarps there was plenty of headspace for air circulation and the tarps offered shade. I know metal would get very hot to the touch during the day and being just over their heads would this be too hot? Any thoughts? Will

  2. terri9630

    terri9630 Songster

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    My tractor is 4ft high with a metal roof. I haven't had any overheating issues with it. I don't know about anything lower and I haven't touched the inside of the roof during the day so I don't know how hot it is.
  3. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Oh yes, metal roofs get HORRIBLY hot. And they generate heat on the inside as well, it's one of the reasons they're liked so well in Alaska... melts the snow off and any little amount of sun helps with heat (a LITTLE in the winter). I've been on a metal roof in the summer... HOT HOT HOT!! I'm sure if it was less than 4' it would be trouble.
  4. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    Mine is covered in metal, it is about 2' tall, the birds seem to do well in it.
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Here in Texas we use metal roofs for nearly all livestock, and trust me, it gets plenty hot here. The roofs get very hot, but with adequate ventilation that's not an issue at all. I have a 4 foot tractor with lengths of tin set on top (no solid sides - daytime pen only) and it's fine. Their coop also has a metal roof - again, with good ventilation. The places the roof rafters come out from the wall are left open but covered with wire to keep out predators. Fact is, metal roofing is more durable than any other and does a great job, especially considering the price and ease of putting it up. Just have to be sure it's well ventilated (at the roof line) and the heat from the metal is no issue at all.
  6. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My husband built ours with a metal roof. I had mine in there from March to May with no probs with heat. I plan on putting my second batch in there from September to October/Novemberish. I think if you do it during spring and fall it should be okay. Imho, meat chickens poop too much for them to be raised in the summertime [​IMG]

  7. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    The one I used last year had a metal roof and it was 2' high. Joel
    Salatin's pens all have a metal roof and are 2' high. The reflective
    nature of the metal prevents alot of solar energy from being
    absorbed into the metal. Instead, it is reflected back up. That
    is why it's so hot on top of a metal roof.

    I live in the extreme SE part of NC next to a swamp and I didn't
    have any issues with the metal roof.

    (edited cause I can't spell [​IMG] )
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010

  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Mine are all used corrugated metal roofs, but they are all in the shade. Mine are now in the freezer, and they made it through 100* weather.
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Here in Phoenix, a metal roof would cook them prematurely.
  10. cjdmashley

    cjdmashley Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    my husband used a 70's chevy truck cap to start our chicken tractor works great but heavier than haydes!! takes 2 people to move (or I have to get out the jack and 4-wheeler!)

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