Economical Tractor/Pens/Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Celtic Hill, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    Scotland CT
    I was wondering if anyone has plans for a small coop, or tractor that utilizes most of the wood. It would only have to hold a trio or pair of bantams. I want a design that i can make alot of (5-10) and be low cost. Anyone have anything like this?

    will be fairly easy to build with only a few bucks invested if you have tools and lumber available. I used 1/2 hardware cloth to offer the protection and it has worked terrifically. You can modify the size if you like but the one in the picture is basically 2 x 8 x 2. Outside dimensions are slightly larger, but you get the picture. Any questions just ask. Wish you well.
  3. terris

    terris Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 21, 2010
    I'm looking at tractors, too but for full size hens.

    Check this out

    The design is simple and very cost effective. I plan to completely cover the sides that are partially solid in the pics. Plans are $14 and cost to make full size is $120 - 150. Also, I am adding a door and lock feature against predators.

    The one I love is the Converticoop.

    Plans are $24 and the supplies supposedly cost 175 - 200 assuming you have a miter saw. Looks like a pain to build for a non handi-woman like me but what a great tractor.

    Anyone have anything to say pro or con about either one?

  4. terris

    terris Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 21, 2010
    Oops I forgot to mention, both of these tractors can be made half or third size. I saw the Converti coop done for a couple of bantams. It was adorable.
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I have one A frame tractor and hate it.
    My Quik pens on my website are easy to make and easy to move. They can be changed in style a bit and I plan to make a few in the spring different. The wind gets to 60mph and I have not ever had one to blow over or move.
    The A frame is just a pain to move and get into for eggs or to catch a bird.
  6. ruthless

    ruthless Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Mount Vernon, Mo
  7. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    I really am not fond of the A frame coop. Just seems too tight up top.
    I like my chooks to have room to move.

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