Minimum Space in Tractor??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pixie74943, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I know the minimum space per chicken in a run is 10square feet, but what about in Tractors? All the tractors I've seen are definately smaller the 10per hen.

    What numbers does every suggest??
  2. hyperslug

    hyperslug In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2009
    Arlington, TX
    I'll throw my 2 cents in. You still need the 4 sq ft for the coop or sheltered area of the tractor and 10 sq feet for the run part at least if they are standard size chickens. However if your chicks free range outside the tractor they can have smaller run space.

    The problem with the tractor is it can only be so large or it is too big to move. I have seen them that claim about 16 hens but do the math. One way to do with more space is make the run separate from the sheltered portion that way they can be moved separately and then put together. They both can have wheels. I have seen large light weight PVC pens on the web you can make.

    Good luck,
  3. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
  4. Elwar

    Elwar In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2009
    Hudson, FL
    Here's my chicken run/tractor. I made it for 2-3 chicks though we got 6 straight run chicks so we're not sure what we'll end up with (getting rid of 2 soon so at most 4 chicks).

    It's 4X8 so 32 sqft. I got the wheels on and it's fairly light to move. I put a feeding/watering area on top and that area will be enclosed while I'm moving the run. But they'll have their own coop that's seperate from it.


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