My scrapwood tractor.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nathan, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Nathan

    Nathan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I scrapped my previous idea and built this tractor out of scrapwood and metal roofing I scavenged from my neighbor.

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    I know the pictuer doesn't show much.

    Key features:
    Upper story for roosting area with hardware cloth flooring and wood supports about 15-18" high.
    All terrain wheels for frequent transport.
    PVC Pipe holding 2.5 gallons of water with three nipples. (upper pipe; not much visible in photo)
    In the foreground, a PVC pipe supplies feed and
    Entire roof is box framed and comes off.

    I had my two most expendable chickens as test subjects in there last night. Yep, the roosters. They did not escape nor get consumed.

    Here are some notes from its first day of operation:

    -Wheels are working great. It's pretty easy to move by slightly lifting the opposite end and pulling.

    -Nipple waterers are working - they are already trained on them since a day old.

    -I'm not getting good performance with the PVC feeder. I've described that under 'Feeding and Watering" forum. I'm going to try to adjust the angle or it could be my materials.

    -They are not venturing into the upper story quite yet. I believe one rooster spent the night up there when I started him there. They are mostly enjoying the grass because it has a different feel from their brooder. They should be able to fly that high, based on the ones escaping when I was doing the transfer.

    -My chickens are not very tame, as I learned when transferring them to the tractor from the brooder one at a time. They were not handled much as chicks because my sweet two year old daughter tends to torture them.

    Any comments?
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    that's a nice tractor looks like a racing car [​IMG]
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Looks great, especially being from scrap! I'm working on one too. I'm going to call it the chicken Scraptor
     
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay, My kind of coop!! I'm famous for the hillbilly, scrap it together coop.... like this one I made out of a trampoline:

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  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great idea,nice tractor. I love building out of scraps.I never throw away wood.You'll never know when you'll need it.When you build from scraps It seems like you built it for free.My main squeeze loves when I can build something without using the check book. Will
     
  6. Nathan

    Nathan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will they find the roost by themselves eventually? It's about 15-18 inches high. They should be able to jump. Do I need to to give them any encouragement?

    They all slept huddled in the grass last night.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I would open it at night after they are huddled and put them on the roosts. They'll catch on after a day or two
     
  8. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Bourbon reds! [​IMG]
     
  9. Nathan

    Nathan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The tractor is working reasonably well.

    However, I seem to have plenty of trouble with feet being caught under the trailing end, a 2x4. Every time I seem to catch someone. You'd think they'd learn, but they are birdbrains, after all.

    What have people done about this?
     
  10. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a piece of plastic gutter in the pen to use as a feed trough and bumper to kinda bump them along.Sometimes I have to clap behind them before I pull or have a helper spook them my way. Will
     

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