Permanent Coop or Tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Quella, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Quella

    Quella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    Which one do you prefer more- a permanent coop or a chicken tractor? I have no idea, because with a tractor you'd get plenty of fresh grass for them but then again, less predator safety.
    Which one would you do/have done?
  2. huntinwidow

    huntinwidow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Warrior Alabama
    My Coop
    I have had both and prefer both. What I mean to say is that I like a large coop with a large run for the biggest part of my flock, but there always seems to be a need to isolate one or two birds for many reasons and for that I like the tractor. I use it for broody hens or new birds that I don't want to mix with the rest of my birds. I like that it is portable so that I can move it around as needed.
    I have always started with the large coop and run and then added my tractor later, but you could always do it the other way around and build a tractor first and grow into a larger coop.

    Good luck and be careful it is addictive.[​IMG]
  3. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:well it depends if you can free range them or not most people with tractor coops because they are inside the city or have a very little yard, so for me my henhouse is a stick building, but I don't mind a little tractor for chicks only.

  4. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    The problem you have with a tractor is often the fact that you generally have to balance portability with sturdiness (protection from elements/predators) - unless you have a REAL tractor or other vehicle to pull it around, the portability factor will also limit the number of chickens you keep. Also if you read the posts here, there are a fair number of people who started off building a tractor but built it too heavy to move comfortably on a regular basis. Permanent coops can be built bigger, house more chickens and can be made more predator proof because you don't have to worry about the weight of the structure. I started off with a tractor but as with most chicken keepers...well, I wanted more [​IMG] so I've moved on to a more permanent structure.

  5. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    Gray Court, SC
    Yeah,,I would say it would depend on how many chickens your gonna have.
  6. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I've got both, young chickens go in the tractors and older free range go in the coop.
  7. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a small tractor, a medium stationary coop with a run, and a dog exercise pen with bird netting. I like them all. If I could only pick either a tractor or a coop, I would go with a coop and use the dog pen still.

    The dog pen allows me to free range them in the weird little paths and in my veggie garden where my tractor doesn't fit, and it is really easy to move around. I just don't leave them in it when I am not in the yard gardening. It is pinned down with u shaped hooks and the bird netting is clipped all around the perimeter.

    If I want them to have grass access on days I am busy, I put them in the tractor. A tractor also gives you the ability to isolate newcommers or sick or broody birds.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada

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