ok here is our new*first* chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by coopin, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. coopin

    coopin In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Peach State
    this is what we started with as an idea for a small henhouse and we progressed as we talked it out


    here is a side view before we put the last wire siding on

    and a small run area for now


    we are building* construction phase* a detachable/attachable bigger run that will have a seperate run for roo and hen

    this is a pic of the inside thru the wire of the roosting posts[​IMG]

    it is totally wired in the run area and zip tied for extra reinforcement as well as screwed and stapled
    we arent carpenters but this is a first project and not all bad in my opinion eh?

    Ive gotta get the bedding/nesting material and then of course the babies
    they will be covered in winter to allow air but not freeze with a hurricane panel type cover and eventually we will have a chicken house and this will become the baby area

    sooooooooooooo whatcha think
  2. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Looks great!!!! I want one!!![​IMG]
  3. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Looks great! Suggestion.....Extend the run underneath the coop. It will extend the scratching area, and give the chickens some covered outdoor space. [​IMG]
  4. coopin

    coopin In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Peach State
    the run we have there now will be sufficient till the babies get bigger and by then we will have a run built to attach to this tractor

    it will be framed and a slide bolt( several) will hold it into place

    when we get it done I will post more pics altho it will likely be a month or so down the line

    the pic makes it look smaller than it is
    the run area inside is just shy of 3 foot by just shy of 4 foot

    I wanted something portable [​IMG]
  5. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    That is adorable! I love the privacy fence base too.
  6. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    great idea! super cute!!!
  7. coopin

    coopin In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Peach State
    Quote:[​IMG] this is also wired to prevent critters from botherin the flock
    plus it now matches the bottom of the back deck and hey its plastic lattice so no rot there right [​IMG]

    I will post more pics when I get home from work tonight of it done at this stage

    now to get it some tenants:lol:
  8. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Quote:I agree totally with Coffeelady. That extra square ft or so would make a great deal of difference and it would be easy to do.

    Great idea! We built one on a cart cause I was thiking we'd be getting into making axles and everything but, again, we were designing coop overkill!! and it didn't have to be that difficult. Good Job.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    looks awesome! I see it looks like it has a roof.. so I believe that they are going to be out of the weather.
  10. coopin

    coopin In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2008
    Peach State
    I am still gonna make a longer run to attach to this hard to explain but you all will approve I am so sure;)

    and yes it IS covered and very secure

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