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My Chicken Tractor.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Snortch, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Snortch

    Snortch Out Of The Brooder

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    I made it out of old 2x4s from a shed I tore down a few years ago. It has a top area that provides shade over the nest boxes and can be raised on hinges to allow me to collect the eggs and get the feeder and waterer for refilling. The way I made the wheels be able to raise and lower the tractor works much better than I was expecting! I have 2 handles on the other end and it's a simple matter to lift and move it.

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    Here is how the wheels work.

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  2. Snortch

    Snortch Out Of The Brooder

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    I just found these forums today, looks like a great place to learn about backyard chickens! I have never tried to raise any before, so this will be a great reference of I have problems.
     
  3. Snortch

    Snortch Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, it seems to be fairly dog-proof...there are a bunch of dogs that roam the neighborhood, even though Alabama has a leash law. I looked out after I got out of the shower, tonight, and saw 2 out there, one was really pawing at the wire. A quick pop of ratshot from my pistol (don't worry, I was at least 100 feet away and I didn't aim right at them) hopefully taught them to stay away. The chicken wire was distorted, but the way I wrapped it around the 2x4s top and bottom with staples held.

    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as how to make it completely dog-proof? I am to much of an animal lover to actually shoot the dogs. I'm thinking an added layer of stronger wire over the chicken wire.
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have something similar that lacks wheels that is a lot of work to move. To make more dog resistant I have my dog running about.
     
  5. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say hardware fabric is more predator proof than chicken wire. You could leave a foot of the fabric skirting around the tractor so dogs can't dig right at the container.

    What are you using for nesting boxes? Is that them in yellow?
     
  6. FirewifeJess

    FirewifeJess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's a great tractor! If you want it to be more predator proof consider using hardware cloth instead of chicken wire. Chicken wire is great for keeping chickens IN, but almost useless against aggressive predators like dogs, raccoons, etc. HTH!
     
  7. perchie.girl

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    Hardware cloth is stronger.... but to truly dog proof it you can use hot wire. one of those that run off the sun a couple of insulators around the base with wire to carry the charge. One Zap and that dog wont touch it again.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Show a picture of how to setup hotwire. I normally do not use such around structures; mobile or otherwise, but will give it a go.
     
  9. Stumpy

    Stumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Snortch, thanks for sharing your wheel photos! I think I may actually be able to copy them. Please tell me if this is what I am seeing: You have drilled three holes in a 2 X 4, one for the handle, one through the frame attaching it to the 2 X 4, and one for the wheel itself. Am I missing anything?

    Definitely cover your chicken wire with hardware cloth. A coon could get in there easily.

    I didn't realize there was a state-wide leash law. If it exists in my county, I don't think it's enforced.
     
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  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My structure in oporation for 4 years which is very similar to OP although not as well constructed and has the low grade chicken coop wire instead of. Coons have not been an issue owing to proximity of a dog and the fact the coons do not have enough time to rip / chew through wire before dog interrupts them. With some parties, this may be worth considering.
     

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