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Is this too small for a chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FrugalmamaTx, May 29, 2016.

  1. FrugalmamaTx

    FrugalmamaTx In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2016
    In your opinion, is a 6'x3' chicken tractor too small for 6 hens? Two may be roosters, in which case we would be going down to 5 as we'll rehome one. I had to scrap my plans for the coop & attached run that I was working on as I discovered when we get larger amounts of rain that part of the yard turns into a soggy mess. Going back to my original chicken tractor plan, and I would like it to fit on our garden beds which are approximately 6'x3'.

  2. TerryH

    TerryH Songster

    Mar 12, 2016
    NW Arkansas
    My Coop
    6x3 is too small for 6.
  3. Greenthumb83

    Greenthumb83 Songster

    Mar 11, 2016
    Would it be possible to make two of them and put 3 birds in each? They could still all see each other. That way they would still fit in the garden beds. If you don't want to split them up, you should go bigger.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yes - too small for that number. And because of the size, do make sure you use wire with very small openings because there's no space for them to move out of the way if something reaches inside...
  5. FrugalmamaTx

    FrugalmamaTx In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2016

    They are a pretty bonded flock, so I hate to split them up.
    I'm using 1/2" hardware cloth - would that be small enough?

    Will have to see what I can do - maybe I can make the tractor bigger than the beds so it goes over and gives a bit of space around.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hardware cloth is good! Just didn't want a chicken head pulled through/neck gnawed through...
    With two tractors "parked" right beside one another, they would be fine - as long as they can see one another it won't feel like being separated...and you wouldn't need to get rid of the second rooster (unless you're just wanting to downsize a roo).
  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    6'x3' is too small for 6 chickens..

    unless you want to make it 2 stories ?

    i've yet to see a 2 stories one.. but it will be interesting to see one

    some said 4-10sq ft per bird

    it's plenty of space if compare to battery cages in factory farms.. but too small for backyard chickens
    Last edited: May 29, 2016

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