My coop, run, and new chicken tractor!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Justin, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Justin

    Justin In the Brooder

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    Just though I would share some pictures of our attempt with chickens!!!

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    This coop began life as a fish house, and I picked it up for free from a woman who tried to raise chickens for 2 years and never got an egg! She had lots of problems with predators and never had the coop secure enough...

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    Here is the drop down chicken door and the run. It seems secure, and I haven't had any problems yet!

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    Inside view of the nest boxes. Golf balls.....Our hens are 20 weeks old, and we are waiting (not so patiently) for our first eggs...

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    Here is a view of the whole setup. As you can see, we're in the middle of 40 acres of woods, so predators are a serious concern.

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    Here is our newest project, a chicken tractor. The design is a copy of Mr. Kimball the Deliberate agrarian. Given the natural surroundings, we used hardware cloth rather than chicken wire. All that we have left to do as actually fasten the tarp to the tractor.

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    A view without the tarp on. We used steel tie wire to fasten the hardware cloth on. It will take a VERY determined predator to get through the hardware cloth!!

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    A view from the front. I still need to add another hasp at the top of the door. Security, security, security....

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    The inside of the door end.

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    The other end. Please forgive my poor job of cutting the plywood on that end. [​IMG][​IMG]



    We currently have 13 Buff orpington hens in the coop, 22 cornish cross in the tractor, and 5 BO rooster chicks and 3 BO hen chicks in a brooder in the garage.....Lots of fun
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2009
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Wow, really nice work! You should be very proud. [​IMG]
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Bravo, well done! [​IMG]

    The only suggestion I have is for more ventilation in the coop- mine needed more than I ever thought!

    [​IMG] Great job!
     
  4. 4estgump

    4estgump In the Brooder

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    Great looking Coops & Runs. Great work.
    Good Luck 4estgump
     
  5. chaoschicken

    chaoschicken Cackleberry Crazy

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    Very nicely done.

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  6. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Songster

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    ;)Excellent job! I was thinking of doing something similar only on a larger scale for my peafowl.
     
  7. lalaland

    lalaland Crowing

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    Hey Justin,
    that looks great. i liked the nest boxes lined up with golf balls - heres hoping you find your first egg soon!
     
  8. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

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    great!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Good job. Your birds look happy!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

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    LOVE the fish house turned coop and nice sized run. Your girls should be laying any time now.

    I'm planning a similar tractor with three cattle panels.

    Do you have the hardware cloth on the tractor on the inside? I don't see any that aprons out to prevent diggers.
     

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