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Hoop Coop Tractor Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by happyhens, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am starting a hoop coop tractor today. It is going to be used for our 50 meat chicks that arrived yesterday morning [​IMG]. They are already stinking the house up, so I want this done soon and get them outta my basement! Anyway, I was looking at these plans- http://www.plamondon.com/hoop-coop.html . I know that the idea of a tractor is so the chickens can eat grass and bugs, but I am worried about it not having any type of floor or other protection against predators digging under. Any suggestions? Is this even a potential problem? Thanks!
     
  2. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only you know your area and what potential predator problems there may be. I built a similar Hoop tractor, and another Hoop tractor made from PVC pipe and chicken wire. I have coyotes, foxes, skunks, and coons. The PVC tractor can be accessed by anything, the Cattle panel tractor would take a digger. As added security I tether the dog between the two tractors and haven't had any problems (other than a barking dog).
     
  3. Lytlechick

    Lytlechick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hardware cloth 1"x1" might help out too:confused:
     
  4. happyhens

    happyhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a great idea! Thanks. I have also been considering putting a wire floor on it, but one with large holes so they can still dig in the dirt for bugs and grass. Would that work? It probably wouldn't do a very good job at keeping small diggers out though [​IMG] And in my area, we have pretty much every type of predator found in the United States lol.
     

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