Our First Attempt at a Chicken Tractor! - Lots-o-Pics!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PacsMan, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think of taking too many pictures until we had most of the frame done. I envisioned a 4Wx10Lx3H frame, with a 4x4x3 nest/roost attached at the end.

    Here's some of the building materials
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    We took 10 foot 2x4 and cut them into 2x2. I used 4 of them for the length of the tractor.

    Here's my poor man's saw horse
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    This is after the frame was done, and as the coop was being attached.
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    Here's my son building a small perch for the chicks
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    Here's our small Chick perch.
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    Here's a side view with our biggest roo.
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    I thought about 6 nest boxes, but read on BYC that that's WAY too many. I decided to go with 3. Here's the bottom.
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    The nests are about 16" wide 16" tall and 20" deep
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    I supported them with scrap wood.
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    I (sorta) cut 45ยบ angels for the perches - It wasn't pretty, but neither are the chickens
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    Here's where I put in the 2x4 (large side up) perches in
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    I slapped some old removable bicycle tires on, with 6" bolts and wing nuts on the side
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    Here's the back with the back wall opening
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    The top also opens
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    The (almost) finished product
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    I still need to paint it, and this is what I envision the side to look like
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    Thoughts.

    It's WAY heavy. Thought one guy could do it by himself with no wheels. It'll take at least 2 of us with the wheels.

    I found out today that I need to shut the nests down until our hens are ready to lay. (else they'll learn to sleep/poop in the nest boxes). I may take them out and put another roost in.

    I tried to put in 3 roosts (with the nest boxes) but one is sort of over the other one. May have some "duty on my neighbor" problems.

    The book "Chicken Tractor" says I can house 10 hens in a 4x10 pen. Thought I could do 12 with a 4x10+4 hen house. I think I have too many, but time will tell. I'll watch close.

    (constructive) comments? Be nice, this is my first attempt.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Colonel Sanders will add a nice touch!

    Good job.
     
  3. equus2

    equus2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from a fellow Utahan! I'm in Syracuse.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the style!

    nest boxes should be lower than roost & to make it predator proof you need hardware cloth instead of chicken wire!
     
  5. zachslc

    zachslc Out Of The Brooder

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    What part os SLC are you in? I am in sugarhouse.
     
  6. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    colonel sanders is my hero!
     
  7. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

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    Looking good so far... Osb board is heavy when you cut and use it (especially when more than you planned gets used)
     
  8. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Can they be the same height? It's only 3 feet tall, so I don't have much room to work with.

    Quote:Yeah, I need to do that too...

    Thanks!

    Marty
     
  9. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sandy here...

    Looking for a ChickenStock in Utah. Ever had one?

    Marty
     
  10. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
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    Can I have one?
     

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