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Tractor or permanent run/coop?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kataloo, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Kataloo

    Kataloo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sooo excited to get chickening! Can't wait for spring to come. I am debating on a chicken tractor or a permanent coop/run. With the run I worry about predators, but it would be useful in improving some areas of my lawn that need some help. I wonder how easy it is to move? Would a woman approaching 60 woman be able to move it? I'd love to know what people think.
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Check out the BYC Coops section for ideas on both. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops A permanent coop/run is easier to predator proof, but the tractors are nice to move around the yard. How about both? You can make tractors as big or small as you want, or are able to move, either by hand or by tractor/lawnmower. If you can't free-range, you could make a small tractor also to let them access fresh grass in the evenings etc.
     
  3. Kataloo

    Kataloo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hadn't thought of both. I like that idea!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I prefer permanent coop and enclosed (& covered) run. Chicken tractors are easy for predators to dig under. If the tractor is small - predators can turn them over. Chickens always looked cramped in tractors, just bending down all the time, they can't spread their wings and usually cannot stand upright.
     
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  5. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    I have an apron of wire around my tractor, noticed this morning something had been digging 8 inches from the tractor hit the wire and kept trying for a while, it did not back up the two feet necessary to find the edge of the wire.
    I found that I had to have a "dolly" to move my tractors.
     
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  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I agree with drumstick diva, I like the idea of an enclosed coop/run. Good luck to you.
     
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    X3 on the permanent coop. Do some reading in the learning center and check out our coop section and this should help you make a good decision for what you need.

    Enjoy BYC!
     
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  8. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a tractor coop and I do like it, but I am now building a permanent structure. When you are trying to decide between the two, most people will consider how it looks, how many chickens it will hold, and whether or not they can move it etc... But from experience my advice is to think about how convenient it will be for you to use. You will need to collect eggs, add food, water and bedding, and of course clean. So get something you can access easily from as many sides as possible, something you don't have to bend, twist, and squeeze into. Just my 2 cents...[​IMG]
     
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  9. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry Kelsie.. Did not mean to tag you in that post[​IMG]
     
  10. Azure Acres

    Azure Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you thought of a hoop house? Mobile like a chicken tractor, but not as restrictive on the chickens' movement.

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