Our Latest Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kev_n_jena, May 23, 2010.

  1. kev_n_jena

    kev_n_jena Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Everyone,

    I just thought I'd share our latest tractor.

    Base measures 5' x 8'.
    Cost: about $120 plus used cedar decking.

    This tractor was pretty labor intensive for the number of chickens it will house. We're hoping it will support 7-8 laying hens during warm months being moved once per day on pasture.


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    Our next tractor will be about 8' x 12' and less complicated to build.

    Kev n Jena
     
  2. Lalaith

    Lalaith Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! I'm looking at it and tryng to figure out what's going on there. It is an engineering marvel [​IMG]. Can you explain some of the features?
     
  3. kev_n_jena

    kev_n_jena Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I'm not sure what you want to know but I'll try.

    The 2 nesting areas are about 4 ft. long x 1 ft. wide x 1 1/2 ft. high with metal lids and hardware cloth bottoms and backs. There's one roost about 2 ft. long. The wheels are fixed. The door is 2 ft. x 4 ft. Any other questions?

    Kev n Jena
     
  4. Marie1234

    Marie1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you going to add more roost space, or is this for silkies or something that doesn't like to roost anyway?
     
  5. kev_n_jena

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    Quote:I'm hoping they will roost in a combination of the 2 nesting areas and the 2 ft. roost. We'll see what happens I guess. If they roost on the front of the nesting areas that will make a total of 10 ft. of roost.

    Most of the chickens we have are Rhode Island Reds. We have a few black rocks and barred rocks and a couple whites of some sort.

    Kev n Jena
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2010

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