Coop/tractor combo

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Boilerja, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Boilerja

    Boilerja Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been researching coop design quite extensively over the past few weeks. Just bought four chicks on Saturday and I am going to start building housing soon. I have a smaller backyard and was throwing around the idea of a stationary coop with a moveable run/ chicken tractor I could rotate around the yard during the day while I was away, and moving run back to coop at night, giving the chickens the security of a more substantial coop. (I hope that makes sense.). Thoughts from more experienced please!
     
  2. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might be just as easy to build the coop and run with 2 wheels and the equivalent of wheelbarrow handles. If you are going to go through the trouble everyday of moving the run around the yard and reattaching to the coop at night, you might as well make it easy enough to move them both at the same time. A 4' x 6' run will give each bird 6 sqft or yard space but not be too cumbersome to move around.

    Found this one like I am talking about at http://chickenpic.blogspot.com
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  3. Boilerja

    Boilerja Out Of The Brooder

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    That makes sense...I was worried that a tractor might be easier for raccoon or possum to get under?
     
  4. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its been recommended to me that I should put a "skirt" of chicken wire laid flat on the ground outside the tractor to deter digging predators.
     
  5. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can always put a wire floor in it although it would interfere with the birds scratching around. If you are going to move it around, you don't necessarily need a floor as long as you are closing the coop door each night. Most predators are going to be nocturnal. Then moving it to your new spot in the morning before opening it back. I do like Killers idea about the skirt as a deterrent. Another technique would be to attach a solar powered electric fence wire around the run that would simply move around with the coop tractor.
     
  6. Jo Anne

    Jo Anne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where can I buy a solar power electric fence
     
  7. DaddyBird

    DaddyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just about any farm store will carry them.
     

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