1. theMickster

    theMickster Out Of The Brooder

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    A BYC member on the Meat Bird section wanted to see some of my tractors, so here they are:D: Hope this helps.

    Here is the first tractor that I built with the intent of Day Ranging my egg layers. You can see the 3-place nest box on the back. The roof was originaly flat and it filled up with rain water and sagged. I re-built it with a slope and now it sheds water the best of all of my tractors. You will see in the other ones the roofing material is run length-wise which is less effective at moving water but much easier to build.


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    You will notice all of my tractors are built with 2x2 frames (2x4s ripped) and angle braced generously. The wheels are attached to short, permanent lenghts of 1/2" all- thread with thumb nuts. If I'm moving them side ways I just pick up each end and place it where I want.
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    If you look close you can see the Little Giant Auto Waterer in the back. It is piped to a 5gal bucket and operates with gravity.

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    The next ones were built for isolation and to have a spot for broodies to raise their brood. The piece of siding screwed to the short end is so the little bantams my Maran hatched out can't slip through the mesh.

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    This is the first one with out a hinged lid. I rarely open the lids anyway so I figured the large door on the end would be sufficient for access. This will be the new standard. I guess by the time I build 20 or 30 of these things, I'll finally get it right.[​IMG]

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    You can see the pile of pallets therein some of the photos. Some of them were used for siding and some get used for impromptu wind blocks and such. Thery're free and handy to have around.

    Thanks for looking.

    Mick
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    Last edited: May 15, 2008
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Those tractors are really nice. Gives me ideas!! Shhh....don't tell hubby!! Would like a place to separate the roosters from the flock so the poor hens can get their feathers back.
     
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Wow! Those are great and you definitely gave me some great ideas... thankyou.
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Those are fantastic!!! [​IMG]


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  5. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered if you were using the pallet wood for tractor parts. Those look great and definetally add to the ideas I need for my tractor.

    Thanks

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  6. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the pens, thanks for sharing.
     
  7. sybonbon

    sybonbon New Egg

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    What are the approximate dimensions of your tractors and how many full size chickens would you recommend for that size? My husband is building a 5'W x 8'L x 4'H tractor (the coop is 3' with the run 5') The coop is wood but the run frame is aluminum to make it lighter to move. I was thinking of getting 3 hens (Plymouth Rocks) I appreciate your help. Bonnie
     
  8. Keru0Keru

    Keru0Keru New Egg

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    That's amazing looking! I'm in high school and working with saws and hammers kinda scares me, but I want to build that so I can get my chickens. How did you do that? I'm sure if my dad looked at the pictures we could design our own, but some imput from the creator would be great
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!

    Realize this thread was started back in 2008.
    The builder @theMickster hasn't posted at BYC since April 2012.
     
  10. sybonbon

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    Since I had posted this, I have 4 9 week old chicks in my new awesome coop my husband made ( pictured as my avatar). The run is currently covered with a roof just like the coop, both reinforced with heavy gauge hardware cloth. My girls love it. Every 3 days I move it to another spot so they always have fresh grass & a clean run.
     

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