Newbie's chicken tractor (with pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cjstanman, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. cjstanman

    cjstanman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    Just north of Raleigh
    Hurray, it's done! (Well, just need to put the wheels on, but I'd call it 98% there.) I'm a first-time chicken owner with 6 BR chicks that are a week old. All are fine, growing like weeds and acting goofy, ha ha!

    My idea was to have a portable chicken coop/tractor that I could move around my yard. We have 15 acres, 4 of which is cleared. I wanted to be able to move it either by myself or with help, and so far, so good. About half of the wood I was able to salvage from work at no cost; the rest, like sheets of plywood, we bought.

    Plans are from Mother Earth News "mini coop" but I'm also a first-time builder and let's just say I learned a lot. [​IMG] I did keep track of everything so I could put together a bill of materials if anyone's interested, plus I have more pictures at various stages of building. I'm very open to comments and feedback since this is all new to me.

    Thanks for this forum - it's a *wealth* of information! --Jan

    First pic was before side walls were installed. Chicken enclosure is on the left, chicken run on the grass is on the right. Both ends of the ark open up with hinged triangle doors. Whole thing sits solid on the ground and is either enclosed or has 1/2" hardware cloth to protect from predators. I also built a couple of nest boxes (not shown) from leftover scraps.


    Second pic is same thing with side walls installed and door closed.


    P.S. My plan is to end up with three hens (I think 6 is too many to stuff in there) but right now I have a straight run and no clue as to how many boys and girls. I was also advised to buy more chicks since you typically lose one or two along the way, so we'll see how it all works out.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2008
  2. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Van Meter, Iowa
    Wow - looks super to me! Can't wait to see it with the wheels on. I think 3 hens would be more than happy in it, maybe even 4, depending on their temperaments.

    Hope your chicks all do OK. I got 10 a few weeks ago and they are all coming on terrifically well. Don't count on losing any!! LOL!
  3. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    looks awsome.. another idea is to attatch a hitch to the back of it so it can me moved with a riding lawn mower..
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    This is how my double decker condo got started. Built an ark and then wanted something self contained.... The "ark" part on top just sits on the bottom level. They can be taken apart for easy mobility...

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  5. cjstanman

    cjstanman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    Just north of Raleigh
    Chris, that is a neat idea! Thanks for the pic. --Jan
  6. There A Chick

    There A Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2008
    Creedmoor, NC
    ~~VERY~~ cool!! Please post pics when the wheels are on. I learn so much here.
  7. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Very nice!! Good work!!
  8. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Fantastic! Great job!
  9. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow! this is awesome....I want one too!!!! I can see DH scratching his head AGAIN!!!
  10. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    PouletsDeCajun, would LOVE to see more pics of your chicken tractor. That thing is awesome!! I love the idea of a double decker arrangement that can be taken apart. So many more options that way. Super smart!

    Do you have any pics of the construction process, or what it ended up costing, material wise?

    Thanks for sharing!

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