Modular tractors

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Uzuri, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    As a follow up to the last question, has anyone here done a 2 (or more) part tractor?

    I'm curious to know how heavy the individual parts were, and how you kept the bits together when you needed to. Also how you moved each piece, and how you predator-proofed the splice.
  2. mygor

    mygor Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Mount Perry , Ohio
    I have not done this myself but, I have a suggestion. When I was younger I worked for some people in the carnival business. They had those square tents with 2x4 frames. The 2x4 frames were built with hinges that had the pins replaced with a pull pin. This allowed for quick and easy builds and break downs. The next time you see a carnival look for the square tents and, take a look you will see what I mean. It would add some to the cost of building. However it would make it easy to move around.
  3. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2009
    Linköping, Sweden
  4. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Whoa... the turnbuckle assembly is pretty cool. I will definitely have to keep that in mind.

    I saw you got your stuff from a ReStore [​IMG] I've got one just down the road from work that I intend to visit tomorrow at lunch time to see what I can get.
  5. Backyard Farm

    Backyard Farm Certified Personal Chicken Attendant

    Apr 1, 2009
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    BIG WOW! For your design and pics and explantation!
    A fellow I work with wants to build a chicken tractor... and we were chatting about designs.

    I am going to tell him to look at yours!!

    Good Looking, Functional.. and ... inexpensive!!

    Your pics are OUTSTANDING!! Many times when I've seen pics of projects, they give you an idea but not details so that you could easily do the project. NOT YOURS!!! JUST WOW!

  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Ingenious thought, but a word of warning: on unlevel ground, that sort of arrangement can inspire you to the invention of many new colorful words and phrases that the kids should not hear.

    I have worked with horse round-pen panels (tubular steel, like gates) with that sort of pin to latch them together to assemble the roundpen, and the two parts have to be exactly straight, level, and at the *same* level, or Much Fun Is Had.


  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
  8. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    Northwest Florida
    Love it!! [​IMG] Great Idea!!
    We need to build something - 22 chicks in the brooder and 28 in the bator. The coop we currently have won't hold them all w/ 12 already in there. We just might try to pull this off. How many do you think it will hold? I didn't do the math. Looks like it's not too heavy either. Great Job! [​IMG]

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