PVC Chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LoupGarou, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. LoupGarou

    LoupGarou Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'm beginning to feel very discouraged about the idea of building a chicken coop or even a tractor for myself. I have no one to help me and I have very few tools to make one--it's just not my forte. I'm very concerned that I'll get partway through and get stuck and have no one to fix it for me.

    In one of the thread that I was browsing, though, someone mentioned a PVC chicken tractor. PVC is something that I can work with--I've made dog agility and obedience equipment using it before and I can get a new PVC cutting tool if I need to (I'm planning to make some new agility equipment, anyway, so a cutter will come in handy). Does anyone have instructions on how to make such a tractor? I'm 90% sure that it wouldn't be secure from roaming dogs, but could it be secured to the ground with tent pegs or something? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!
  2. pinguin

    pinguin In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    SW IL
  3. LoupGarou

    LoupGarou Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Thanks everyone for your replies. This "portable pen" is more like what I was looking for. I'm seriously considering it, since it falls more within my skill set. Opinions?

  4. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    Quote:i was about to post that one.. [​IMG] sorry cant help now, though some of those 5 way T's are going tobe hard to find...
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  5. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    It should be serviceable. Make sure you stake it down well. You could have predator issues but it depends on how secure your property is, etc. Good luck!
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:This one looks real do-able even by me!
  7. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    If you have any predators around at all, I would consider adding a line of electric wire to the top and bottom edge. I just don't think PVC alone would stand up to a determined predator. Good luck with your project!
  8. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

  9. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Sep 23, 2008
    near Albany, New York
    I have gone into our local Home Depot and if you go when it is slow - middle of the day - I have had them cut the wood for me. There is a saw in the lumber section and then you would only need to nail or screw. Find a simple coop plan, get the lumber measurements. I've also used wooden pallets as a base, one less thing to build.

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