chicken tractors

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rosyposyosy, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    i used to hate them, but now that i've seen how the chicken run has gone from flowers and grass to dirt, moving them to a new place everyday would almost be like free ranging. anybody have a pic of their tractor?
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    You may find some tractor examples under our Chicken Coop Designs section that might be helpful.
  3. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    I wish I had pics of our tractors for you.. I love love love the tractors.. mine has wheels from a dead lawnmower on it and is very easy to move around..
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    thanks for the idea to look in the coop designs section. silly me didnt even think to do that.


    how do you move yours?
  5. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    It doesn't weigh much at all....especially if I move it while they are free ranging...and even lighter if i take both ends and the top front off!! We just pick it up! My boys help me now...I can move it myself as like I said it isn't that heavy..I just have to move one end at a time. Eventually as my boys get older I'm going to probably want to put some wheels on one end just to make it quicker to move!
  6. schmism

    schmism Songster

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    mine is on wheels... lift the front and pull.

    but we have basicly turned it into a portable coupe as we have been letting them free range. (the dogs and the girls have learned to get along)

    so in the morning we pick the bottom up and set it on a block, and they are free to come and go as they want. in the evening when we find them back inside we just take the block out and they are in for the night.

    we can still use it as a tractor when we are gone over a weekend or something by just moving it to a new section of yard.

    Im in the process of building a new permant coupe for the winter.
  7. saddlebags

    saddlebags In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2007
    weatherford Texas
    this is my first attempt i still have to buy the wheels but its almost done

  8. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    very nice saddlebags! my only concern with a tractor, after looking them up online, is the size. they all seem very small. i was thinking about a 4x7 run with a 4x3 coop - not A frame, since when it goes in, it seems to limit the space the bird has. do you think that if i built it using PVC pipes, chicken wire, and that plastic roofing that it would be light enough to move around?
  9. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    oh darn! i forgot about the space a feeder/waterer will take up... maybe 8x4...

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