How high can raise chicken tractor be raised during transport without chickens escaping?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Brian Macker, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Brian Macker

    Brian Macker New Egg

    Feb 19, 2013
    How high can raise chicken tractor be raised during transport without chickens escaping? I plan to have swivel castor wheels that fold under but when folded back will lift the tractor up. This way I can move the tractor in any direction. However I do not know what the highest clearance would still keep the chickens in when they are in the run. A 10" wheeled castor would lift it a total of 12". A 6" castor only lifts it 8". I was also thinking a loose flap of material hanging might keep them in but don't want to bother if they will stay in with these heights.
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: A LOT less than you think it can.
    You're taking a big risk moving it around with them inside and not confined to a small enclosed area
  3. Brian Macker

    Brian Macker New Egg

    Feb 19, 2013
    Thank you for responding. I saw some videos of people moving their tractors with the chickens running around inside. I thought this was perfectly normal way to do it.
  4. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    We wait until the girls are in the coop portion and shut the coop door before we move the tractor. We go veeeery slow and haven't knocked anyone off the roost yet. The only down side is that we have a very short window of opportunity to move it, we have to be right there when the girls go in at night. Guess you could move it in the morning before letting them out.

    Wouldn't want to move it with the chickens in the run portion. Too much of a risk of them escaping and - worse - a bird getting injured.
  5. res

    res Chillin' With My Peeps

    My tractor raises about 4" and then rolls freely. I can easily move it with the layers down on the ground - they just walk along. But the Silkies.... Dear Lord, the Silkies.... They refuse to walk with it, and instead sit down and let it roll over them.

    There is nothing magical about the mechanism that raises/lower my tractor. If you want close-ups of it so you can re-create it, let me know.


  6. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    North Carolina Sandhills
  7. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2012
    Even if the chickens get out they will not go far, and as soon as it starts to get dark they will go back in the coop...But it would have to be really close to the ground to keep them inside the tractor.
  8. res

    res Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will try to get some tomorrow in the sunlight...
  9. QuietPony

    QuietPony Chillin' With My Peeps

    My question is how will I get them from the coop with a covered run into the tractor?
    I imagine it will be quite a sight the first few times. [​IMG]

    Here's hoping they follow the cracked corn.

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