My twin chick tractors...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tmb3fan, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. tmb3fan

    tmb3fan In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2008
    Central Mississippi

    These are 6 x 12 with about a 30 inch by 6 ft coop on the back. In one, I have 5 Buff Orpingtons (15 weeks) and the other has 7 EE's (11 weeks) and 4 guineas (5 weeks). I hope to build another pen for the guineas this weekend as one of them is causing problems for one of the chickens.

    Total cost for the 2 was about $450. The chicken wire extends about a foot to 18 inches onto the ground to keep critters from digging under. I use clothes pins to clip the wire up when I move them. The solid rubber tires came from Harbor Freight. We already had the double bubble foil from insulating our shop. It really has been keeping them cool on these hot summer days (100 degrees).

    I still have to build the nesting boxes inside, but I have a little more time. I put some temporary branches inside for roosts until I get something better built.

    They have been in them now for about 4 weeks and moved once a week. I think they are going to start getting moved twice a week real soon.

    One other addition that I plan to make this weekend is a board across the center, under the foil area, to set the food, water, and attach the ladder to. This way everything will move with the tractor, which is one reason they have only been moved once a week.

    Just wanted to show them off since people are always looking for ideas.

  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    They look wonderful! [​IMG] Great work!
  3. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Iron Station, NC
    Wow! Those are fantastic!!
  4. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Songster

    May 4, 2008
    I'm gonna have to agree with everyone else....these are great! I'd love to see some pictures of the inside of the coop part.
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Songster

    Jul 17, 2008
    They sure are nice tractors! I love the way you did the run! Great Job!
  6. hulahens

    hulahens In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2008
    Big Island of Hawai'i
    Aloha! Thanks for posting your pictures, gives me a great idea for my flock!
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Wow, how wonderful![​IMG]
    I'm with PAchickenchick. I'd like to see the inside set up.

    I have several more tractors I want to build and am always looking at how neat everyone has them built!

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