New A-frame tractor and new chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SOchick, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. SOchick

    SOchick Songster

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    I finished my A frame chicken tractor and got my chickens about a month ago. So far I've been having a lot of fun watching them, the chickens are not quite old enough to be laying yet, although I think one may be getting close. I have 1 black sex link about 18 weeks old now, 1 buff orpington about 10 weeks old, and 2 ameraucanas about 11 weeks old. I found the plans online, and built it with my dad. It has a run about 4x6 on the bottom, 2 nest boxes and a perch on the top. I still have to hang the feeder and waterer and paint the frame, but the pressure treated wood was still too wet, so I am hoping to get that done later this summer. I let them out for short times only when I am with them, because the part of the yard they are in is not fenced yet. They seem pretty happy in there! If anyone is interested, I have several pictures of the building in progres, but for now, here's the finished product:

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    and part of the inside

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    Let me know what you think!
     
  2. lux_interior

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  3. James Hudson

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    nice chicken coop, congratulations [​IMG] can you put more pics
     
  4. redoak

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    Nice A-frame [​IMG]
     
  5. SC_Hugh

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    I really like your portable design [​IMG], please PM me or post the design details. I have to finish a few more details on my playhouse turned coop and then start on a portable A-frame.

    --Hughster da rooster
     
  6. chills

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    love it! great colors too .. the a frame is perfect for our space .. i'd love more photos of the process, we havent started yet ..
    thanks for sharing ..
     
  7. tomdeggeater

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    Very nice, SOchick, I like the hinged panels, and the nest boxes at the peak on either end. I drew up something like it>
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    It's more of a tractor type coop. I should have added wheels and barrow handles to move it easily...
    Oh well, back to the drawing board...[​IMG]
    Tom [​IMG]
     
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  8. KittyKelly

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    THANKS!!

    I might use this!!

    Yours is sooo cute.

    Our goal is to cover one acre in chicken tractors and fill them with birds--Seramas mostly!
     
  9. SOchick

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    OK.. Sorry it took me so long to get back with y'all, dang work and chores getting in my way. I got my design here: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/better-homes-gardens/479/chicken-coop
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    measurements are metric, so we had to convert them, and measure as we went.

    here's the outside frame
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    with the inner A frames
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    a close-up of the outside corner
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    with the inner supports
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    back & side panels and back wire (we used 1in cage wire) on and nest box floors done
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    turned on its side to attach chicken wire to the bottom
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    and one more of the finished product (well- almost, I still have some painting at the end of the summer
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    Thanks for being patient! If you have any more questions, I will do my best not to wait another week to answer!
     
  10. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    great job, it should serve you well.

    AL
     

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