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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Leah S, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Leah S

    Leah S Chirping

    Jun 13, 2011
    We going to start building our first chicken tractor. We have agreed its the best way for us to go. If you have one, is there anything we should keep in mind before building? we are wondering about what you used for the roof. I want one side to open up, but how can we also make it leak proof? what has worked for, and what has not? do you move it daily, or maybe every other?
    Leah S

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Ours are always too heavy. We over build, I guess. Not a big deal to move with the tractor, as in diesel powered tractor, but anyhow. It is very easy to get them too heavy.
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I do have a tractor. Like Fred said I ended up making it far to heavy to move. So now the coop is in a run and we use the kids play house on the tractor and that moves about easy enough. Installed two roosts and secured the widows and doors for night. It's our grow out coop each summer. Did need stronger wheels than my photo.

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    We've built them many different ways. Sometimes we wrap the shelter end with metal. Sometimes we just use a piece of roll roofing on plywood. Basically, we just use what we have on hand, scrap wise.



  5. I have a 4M x 2M x 2M Poly tunnel frame I am about to turn into a tractor.
    It will have a raised coop at one end with a welded mesh base below the perches so should remain fairly clean
    if I get the C of G right weight won't be too much of an issue
    Large wide wheels will make moving it easier I have an old ride on (snapper) mower that will provide the wheels.

    The Tractor will be used to maintain some areas of garden lawn away from our main field
    I want to try and stop cutting my lawn completely!

    I will probably rotate birds in it so they all get to free range as well

    I also fancy some of those birds with fluffy feet and they would be better suited to a tractor out of the mud in the winter as my open field is quite muddy.

    This one is pretty impressive only criticism, the tyres are to thin for wet ground!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  6. greenhens

    greenhens In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2013
    I saw a neat pen on Fayrehale Farm's webpage. They use them as stationary pens for breeding, but I intend to build one this weekend for my broiler chicks which are almost ready to leave the brooder. They are small enough to be portable, easy design to duplicate, and fairly inexpensive. Definitely worth looking at!
  7. If you can move it daily. Keeps the chickens from getting bored and digging bowls.

  8. Hawgon

    Hawgon Songster

    Aug 22, 2011
    Vancouver, WA
    I move mine every 4 or 5 days.......I agree with most that the weight adds up in a hurry when you are building.....pick it up every once in awhile while building it to keep tabs on it...I also found that bigger wheels help it to move, mine works great in the summer but is much hard to move in the soggy grass in our winters because of the harder small wheels...I have 4 Seramas in mine and they free range about 75% of the time....

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    The smaller they are the easier they are to move.
  10. [​IMG]You can always use a small tractor for a medical pen if you ever build a bigger coop.

    [​IMG]I recommend at least 2' height so full size birds can flap those feathers.

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