New chicken tractor!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gumpsgirl, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I have felt so badly for my broody/mama hen and her babies, because they have had such a limited amount of space that didn't include any outdoors. I found a dog house that was being given away on freecycle. It was built 20 years ago, so it needed repainting and had to have a new floor put in due to rotting. I wish I would have thought to take a picture of it before we did our renovating, but failed to think enough to take any!

    Anyhow, my husband cut the house down about 3 inches, put a new floor in, and then added a run. The boys and I painted (I actually need to do a few touch-ups around the bottom, thanks to all my extra help [​IMG] )and then moved mama and her babies in today. They love it! It still needs some wheels and a handle to pull it with, but it was good enough to move mama and her chicks in. Poor mama (Sunshine) was so excited to see the green grass, she just kept clucking away to her babies as if to say, "Look! Look! Green grass! Green grass!" [​IMG]

    So without anymore ado, here is our broody/chick new tractor. [​IMG]

    The top of the house lifts off, which is actually on backwards here in this picture. [​IMG] [​IMG]



    And the happy occupants. [​IMG]

  2. chickn

    chickn Away for a bit

    Apr 15, 2008
    New Hampshire
    very nice
  3. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    This is a very cute design! Lovely home for mama and chickys! [​IMG]
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That is adorable!! [​IMG]
  5. citygirl

    citygirl Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2008
    Dayton, Ohio
    Adorable! Lucky mom and babies.
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Thank you all! [​IMG]
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I like it! Good job!
  8. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awww, you can tell, she LOVES it!!
    You made her a very happy mama!
    GOOD FOR YOU!!! [​IMG]
  9. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    What a beautiful little broody coop! [​IMG]
  10. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    I like it! Very nice! Quick question, is there netting on the bottom? How do you keep predators out with this kind of design, I've always wondered... I like it though, esp the heart [​IMG]
    I may have to do something like this if I choose to do any breeding. It will be the a...bow-chicka-wow-wow tractor...

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