The Ultimate Chicken Tractor!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jungleexplorer2, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. jungleexplorer2

    jungleexplorer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay. So about a month ago, I was in farm store and they sold me 2 week old 50 Cornish X chicks for $20. I had always wanted to raise some meat birds on my land organically, and the opportunity knocked when I was no expecting it. So I set out to build a ground grazing box, so I could put the chicks out on my four acre wheat field to graze. Well, my mind had a lot of fun and what started out as a simply project is now turning into, THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN TRACTOR! LOL!

    I had a lot of junk laying around and I started putting it all together. I am not finished, but I thought I would post my progress so far. I am making a video of the whole process and will post it when it is done.

    I had some old mobile home axles, so I decide to put my tractor on wheels.

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    Here is sided with the door installed.

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    Structure finished and ready for deployment!

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    In the field and ready for chicks.

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    Chicks in the HOUSE! Temporary watering and feeding system installed.

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    Custom 30 gallon on-board watering system.




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    Custom automatic feeding system

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    The whole coop


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    Next I am installing a 12 volt solar system to power lights, predator deterrent system, and the 2000lb ATV Winch that will pull the tractor along. Might even put a wifi camera on board to monitor the birds.
     
  2. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome, nice work!
     
  3. jungleexplorer2

    jungleexplorer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  4. Ronnie2

    Ronnie2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job, what's the the length? I got everything to build one except the mobile home axels.
     
  5. lloges0127

    lloges0127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a place for them to get off the ground and roost like boxes or do they lay on the ground?
     
  6. jungleexplorer2

    jungleexplorer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is 8 feet by 10 feet. Ever mobile home comes with a set of those disposable axles. They are illegal to use for anything else, so you should be able to find some pretty cheap if not free. I would call a mobile home mover. My mover asked me if I wanted the axles off my home when he moved it to my land back in 2010. I said yes, even though I had no idea what I would do with them at the time. I bet most people say no, and the mover has to take them and get rid of them somehow. I bet they have stacks of them somewhere.
     
  7. jungleexplorer2

    jungleexplorer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Currently, I have meat birds in it and they can barley walk, much less jump. They all go in the freezer tomorrow though and then I will put laying hens in there. I will put some roost and some of my double nesting boxes in the coop for them.

    Here is a video of how to build my custom double nesting box, just in case you are interested.




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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Would like to see a video of the mobile coop rolling and turning...and what about the gap created by the wheels?
     
  9. jungleexplorer2

    jungleexplorer2 Out Of The Brooder

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    When I am done completely done with it and it is fully functional. I plan on making a video.
     

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