Small Summer Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SleepyOwl, May 26, 2012.

  1. SleepyOwl

    SleepyOwl Songster

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    I made this myself, which is pretty good, considering I have no building skills. [​IMG]

    It is 8'x4' and 2' tall. The coop part is 4x2. Way to small for 6-8 adult chickens I know, but perfect for growing chicks! :)

    This is not something I would keep them in during a MN winter, but I was able to get a small shed for $80 that we will be converting into a coop over the summer.

    I used coated, small hole chicken wire. I suppose a very determined dog could tear it, but I do have a privacy fence around my whole yard, and very rarely even see strange dogs in the neighborhood. (I have never seen a racoon here in 6 years that we have lived here.)

    The roof is corrugated plastic. It is thicker than the cheaper stuff that I had considered first, but went with this because it seemed a lot stronger, and was only a couple bucks more.

    I haven't added it up, but over all I think I spent just over $100 on materials (almost all new.)

    Here it is, almost finished. I want to add wheels and maybe a handle, for ease of moving.
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    It has three doors on top, and one from the coop to the run, and one from the coop to outside. I had only planned on having one door opening on half the coop part, but realized I couldn't really reach to the back corner. If I had been thinking, I would have just made it all one door on top the coop, instead of two. Oh well, it was a learning process.
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    Looking into the coop from the run..
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    Roost
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    The chicks enjoying being outside (and their sand box.)
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    What I would do differently:

    Make the door over the coop part all one.

    Make the door to the outside just a bit smaller. I fit it perfectly, and it doesn't always close easily, and I have to adjust the whole coop to get it to shut.

    Instead of putting the chicken wire right on the bottom of the coop, I would have raised the wire off the ground a bit. I take my chicks in the house at night, so have only moved it when they aren't in it, but I am wondering how I am going to move it when I keep them in it. I don't want a toe getting crushed in there when I move it.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  2. What pretty chicks! I think it is a nice construction job. Just look how happy they are.
     
  3. SleepyOwl

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    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  4. KimKimWilliamso

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    Very creative! Love it! And the chicks looks happy!
     
  5. TEXASSCENT

    TEXASSCENT In the Brooder

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    HOW DID YOU GET THEM ALL TO GET ALONG?. MY REDS DO NOT GET ALONG WITH THE BLACK(SMALLER) SEX LINK. WE GOT THEM AT THE SAME TIME.
     
  6. Aime137

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    Very nice grow out coop!
     
  7. SleepyOwl

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    They switched over to a regular coop in the fall. I am going to use this tractor for hens with chicks soon.

    My chickens get along great. I even recently added 4 three month old newbies, and haven't had any problems. I did try to get less aggressive type birds. I guess I also just got lucky. [​IMG]
     

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