Moveable Coops, i.e. Tractors

MnCanary

In the Brooder
Jul 4, 2020
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Those of you that move your coops often, or have tractor coops: how do you seal the bottom edge so predators don't slip under and into the bird's area?
 

Big Doggie

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Mar 23, 2020
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If no one answers post the title as a question.
I have a relatively predator safe area until dark so I’ll coral the girls in and secure the door. It doesn’t have a security apron and I put them back home before sunset. It weighs about 80 to 90 lbs so it’s hard to move and sits relatively flat. But I’d never leave them there at night when “they” come out of the darkness.
 

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The Frosted Flake
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I have a strip of flexible wire fence that I encircle the bottom edge of the tractor with and weigh down with rocks, tent stakes, heavy wood bits.

But.... depends on what you are keeping out.

I only go to the bother of using the wire edging when I have chicks in the tractor.
 

iwltfum

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Sep 10, 2018
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I don't use anything around the pen, but we don't have much predator pressure where I am, also my tractors are too heavy for any predator to lift. If there is a big gap because of a depression in the ground, then I'll use some lengths of 2x4s that I keep on top of the pens to fill the gap.

I used to live in Colorado where we had some major predator pressure. We had a single strand of electric wire placed about 3 inches off the ground, and on long 4 inch insulators attached to the bottom rail of the pens attached to a very strong fence charger. Never had anything actually get into any of my pens in 7 years of raising meat birds. Only predators getting at the birds through the wire on the sides (and that was in tractors without the electric wire).
 

springvalley123

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May 22, 2015
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I had two tractors on quite level ground. Each time I moved them, I'd have a shovel handy and several larger rocks to fill in any gaps where the ground wasn't perfectly even with the bottom of the tractors. No losses but I didn't do that very long term and didn't have much predator pressure.
 

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