Does your tractor have an enclosed area

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sesa, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thurmont, Md
    When I built my tractor I enclosed one end like a dog house, just a small doorway leading in. The chickens seem to spend the nights in there and it gets very messy, is the enclosure necessary or can they survive just being under cover of the tractor?
  2. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    I built a small coop in my tractor as well. similar to the playhouse coops (look at the BYC coop design pages). It gives them a bit more security and protection from the elements of a night time.
  3. hungryhensfarm

    hungryhensfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2009
    If it were me I would enclose. Is there any way that you should hose down the enclosure? If so, that's what I would do. Or at least attempt to do. lol
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    They're *supposed* to spend their nights in there, it's vastly safer. If they huddle on the ground in the run, things can reach through wire mesh bigger than 1/2" square and pull out handfulls of live chicken meat; and even with hardwarecloth, having chickens sleeping outdoors in a tractor is just chumming for predators and ASKING them to test your tractor's security. Which is likely to be found wanting, if push comes to shove.

    Anyhow, whereEVER they spend their nights will get all messy and pooey, that's just what chickens do.

    I'd suggest making a way that you can easily clean out the floor of the tractor's house portion, and there ya go.

    Good luck, have fun,


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