How many tractors do I need?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CountryMama, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. CountryMama

    CountryMama In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2007
    West Michigan
    I have about 95 (or a few less) chicks that I want to have out in chicken tractors this year. I plan on moving tractors daily and will suppliment with feed as needed. They will be dual purpose birds. If I made 7 foot long tractors by 5 feet wide, how many tractors would I need to have 75% of them out at any given time. I figured I would leave a few in my run area for breeding purposes.

    So at any given time, maybe 70 birds that I would be moving around on the grass. (argh I wish I could sell a few.. I think its going to be a burden to have so many)
  2. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Songster

    Feb 25, 2007
    Southern WV
    You'll need around 8 tractors to have 75% out at a time, if each tractor is 7x5 feet. That 35 square feet. So you could fit 9 hens in each tractor.
  3. girlsnboys

    girlsnboys In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2007
    Whidbey Island, WA
    It will also depend on what will be in the tractor. Mine is 4x8 but includes a roost, nesting boxes and s small feeder and waterer. 3-4 hens are comfortable in it.

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