Tractor Finished (For now)! *Pic Heavy*

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Connorrm, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I built one a while ago, and I didn't like it so I tore it down and went with a variety of options like I've seen on here in postings and the tractor settings. Take a look [​IMG]

    Starting out:

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    I put L brackets on the front and back of each 2x4. It's probably overkill but I just imagined it splitting apart!

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    More Frame:
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    Got the Ribs In! 3/4" PvC. I was going to use 1/2" but I was really worried about stability and if I predator crawled up the sides it caving in. I used TEN ribs so it's one every foot. You can imagine now why I added L brackets to every support plus all four corners. The amount of bowing without them was insane.
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    Covering with the Chicken Wire. I left about 12" of excess on either side to allow for an apron. Hoping that will do the trick:

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    It's not finished yet, but it's fully covered. The sides are still open while I figure out what I want to use for a coop on it. I also have a 6'x8' brand new tarp for the top to keep the rain and sun from pelting my birds.

    It's 10' x 6'. The reason being, I had 10 foot 2x4s and 6ft 2x4s laying around [​IMG] I was too lazy to do some extra cuts and waste the lumber. The chicken wire was brand new, so was the PvC and L brackets. I spent about 85 dollars total. If I had to buy the lumber, I would think that would put me around 100. This of course isn't including the future coop attachment [​IMG]

    Adding in these Photos:

    Final Finished Product - 10ft x 6ft (60sqft). Very light and easy to move - even without wheels, which I will eventually add.


    Covered it with a tarp and zip tied it down, so it won't blow away. Just a standard blue $8 5mil from Lowes.
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    Sort of the same, but standing near it.
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    And here is the back end, I used a poorly cut piece of plywood and then stapled the chicken wire over the gaps between the wood and the pvc "ribs".
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    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  2. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Added an extra pic [​IMG]
     
  3. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great job! Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!! Great pics. [​IMG] Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks good and I can't wait to see what else you build to go with it [​IMG]
     
  6. AuntGoose

    AuntGoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cool! I too want to see what else you do.
     
  7. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Added some more pictures and such. How many do you think 60 sq ft will hold?
     

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