How many meaties in an 8 x 8 x 2 chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by qualitycaprine, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. qualitycaprine

    qualitycaprine New Egg

    Jan 12, 2010
    I was wondering if my chicken tractor design would work for about 25 meaties this summer. I am wanting it 2 feet high, 8 feet long, and 8 feet wide. It will use a 4x8 osb board on top with 4x2, and 4x8 sheets on the sides. I am going to use 2 in by 4 ft boards outling the bottom and the top with chicken wiring covering the whole thing.

    It looks like I can get it pretty cheap with materials.

    2 4x8 OSB plywood sheets $18

    4 2 in by 4 ft boards $6.98

    2 2 in by 2 ft boards $1.75

    2 2 in by 8 ft boards $6.98

    chicken wire $10

    tarp $9

    screw driver/ screws (already have)


    I don't know where I will put the door. I think I might have the top osb board open.
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    I raise 25 Cornish X each summer in a 8x10 coop. 8x8 should be fine as you will most likely loose a few over the course of 8-10 weeks. For a good fat bird you don't really want them to move around, just to eat, sleep and poop. Make sure there is good ventilation in the tractor.

  3. birdman1960

    birdman1960 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2012
    north central cheeseland
    I would use hardware cloth and not chicken wire, will help keep critters out, the chicken wire is not strong enough, neighbor lost some meaties to racoons last summer, i did not have any critter issues, my sides are hardware cloth, a little more expensive, but cheap insurance...
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  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    Yes no chicken wire. Hardware cloth is about twice as much but nothing can reach through and grab them. It is Much stronger as well.


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