Tractor made from Box Spring

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MattLudt, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. MattLudt

    MattLudt Hatching

    Jul 1, 2011
    I've refitted a to-be-discarded box spring into tractor, as seen in the photos.

    It was originally about 10" tall but I used some of the crossbeams (that supported the mattress in its original purpose) to increase the overall height to 24" (so the crossbeams were cut to be 22" and change so that once screwed between top and bottom the height matched the 24" chicken wire I had purchased).

    As you can see from the photo I have to points of access: a side door and a retractable roof (made from the dust cover off of the bottom of the box spring). The retractable roof is great because it doubles as the shaded area for our 10 birds during hot, sunny Northern Wisconsin days. My wife's addition was a little perch that is sometimes 3-birds popular.

    The arms for the wheels were calibrated to permit the tractor to be flush with the ground but to easily lift it onto the wheels and move it. Not a difficult calibration, fyi.

    In addition to the wire, screws, and staples, the only other additions were the wheels (off an old grocery hand truck basket) and the rope for the "handle".

    Oh, as it relates to putting all of the old box spring to use, we've also on occasion used the remaining fabric to give the birds additional shade on blazing days.

    Given the frequency box springs are offered for free on, this may be a good plan for a cheap tractor for you. Feel free to message me with any questions if you are interested.



  2. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    cant see the pics [​IMG]
  3. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    pics aren't visible.
  4. ChicksterJo

    ChicksterJo Songster

    Feb 19, 2011
    Grounded on Earth
    This sounds really interesting but the pics aren't showing?

  5. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Songster

    Jan 6, 2011
    You have to post 10 times or so before it will let you upload pictures. Make a few comments on other threads, then show us whatcha got!
  6. sweetgaits

    sweetgaits In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    Did anyone get to see some pictures of this?
  7. eds500

    eds500 Songster

    May 27, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    A little help..

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