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My new chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bailey43, May 16, 2013.

  1. bailey43

    bailey43 Hatching

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    Hello everyone I'm new to chickens and we got 6 chicks back on easter.
    I was wanting to build a chicken tractor for several reasons.
    First I rent my house and didn't want a coop that was too hard to take with me if I move.
    Second I have a big yard and liked the idea of being able to move the tractor every few days to a fresh patch of grass.
    Third I like the idea of not having to clean the run .
    So I have been looking at all of the coop pictures here and elsewhere on the net to get some good ideas.
    I came up with a 4x10 coop and run.The coop is 4x4 with 3 nesting boxes elevated 18 inches above the run.
    My biggest concern was what type of wheels to put on it.I've seen several with smaller lawn mower type wheels.
    which to me don't seem like they would roll very good.I wanted a bigger tire that would roll easy and didn't want a cantilever system to raise the wheels.So I bought 2 trailer jacks on sale at nothern tools for $20 each and 2 wheel barrel wheels from amazon for $40 for both of them.I took the bottom wheel off the jack and cut the bracket down some.Then drilled a hole to mount the wheel barrel wheel.I couldn't be happier with the way they work.It takes less that a minute the lift the tractor about 6 inches off the ground and it moves real easy on the grass.I'm guessing my tractor weighs about 350 to 400 lbs.
    For a handle to move it I have a large wooden dowel that slides into two angled 2x4's My door on the run is in the front so I need a handle the was removeable.I didn't take to many pics of the construction and still need some pics of the finished inside to post.
    This coop was a joy to build and it took me about 4 days to finish.
     
  2. 12chickenlover3

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    You Sir ( Assuming you are a sir. Don't kill me if you not a he and actually a she. Please) Should win an award for your wheel set up!

    Great coop design! Even better Tractor Design! BEST EVER WHEEL DESIGN!

    Now, where did you get the metal roofing with the ribs going vertical? Think I like to have a try at it instead of my architect shingles.

    Best of wishes and great job.
     
  4. bailey43

    bailey43 Hatching

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    lol...yes I am a sir.thanks for the complements.The roofing was left over from a friends house that I helped put on.That was the only thing I didn;t have to buy for the tractor.I like the metal roof.it looks good and is light.There is no plywood on the roof just the metal.
     
  5. krcote

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    Absolutely gorgeous. A job well done! Your girls are very lucky [​IMG]
     
  6. HandsomeRyan

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    Beautiful. Well executed and I'm sure your chickens will like it!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Typical metal roofing.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Very, Very nice tractor!!
     
  9. pineneedlefarms

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    Very Nice
     
  10. TropBeaucoup

    TropBeaucoup In the Brooder

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    Hi there - my fiance and I just moved to the country and are very excited to start our own homesteading. I am in love with the benefits of a tractor coop. Any chance you would be willing to share your design plans for your chicken coop? My fiance and I have something very similar in mind. I like the size you built - and he had the same concerns about the wheels.

    Thank you
     

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