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?
     
  2. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/65954_dsc_0340.jpg

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    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

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

    Check this out

    http://www.spiraltopia.com/chickencoopplan/

    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.

    http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Chicken-Coop-Plans/ConvertiCoop-Building-Plans-p506.aspx

    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?

    Thanks!!!
     
  4. terris

    terris Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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