turkey tractor design. need help!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MVchickens, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. MVchickens

    MVchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard MA
    Looking for simple designs for turkey tractors. Just trying to build a simple one for 7 turkeys that can be moved by truck/tractor come spring. ANY designs/ideas are appreciated. lemme know what you got!? Thanks!
  2. peewee

    peewee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Waiting for answers on this myself. [​IMG]
  3. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    My suggestion would be check out the chicken tractors on the coop pages and supersize it.
  4. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    I will be making a Hoop house using cattle panels. For me, this seems to be one of the more simple designs. Since the cattle panels squares are quite large, you would need to cover it with chicken wire (and a tarp over the top--at least on one end). I also plan on using this as a green house this spring.

    I'm getting the panels sometime next week, and will soon begin construction.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I don't have a good photo of the actual tractor my turkeys are in but it's the same design as this one:





    The basic difference between the chicken and turkey tractors is the turkey model has roosts with the bars further apart and the nest box is larger. It's a community type box, one big open box big enough for them to get in, not so big the tom can easily get in with them to annoy them.

    At present I have six Midget White hens and one tom in it. It's complete in itself in that it has two tube feeders, a hanging waterer, roosts, and nest box.

    I move it every day using a hand truck to lift the front then pulling it. If I were to build it again I'd drill axle holes through the 4x4s and put in wheels.

    It's the apron wire you see at the bottom that makes it work. So long as the wire is intact I've never had a predator get in over the four years I've been using this design.

    The hoops are two 16ft cattle panels. The sledge runners are two 10 foot 4x4s and the front and back cross members are two 10 foot 2x4s.

    This is how I attach the 1x4 framing boards to the cattle panels:


    That one wasn't one of my neatest jobs, but you see how it works. The wire is 14 gauge electric fence wire.

    If you need more info I'll be back online next Tuesday.
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Liken this one, AT. Is the Tarp you have over the top the only thing that is used as a roof or does it have a metal roof too?
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    The hardware cloth you see covering the cattle panel at the bottom goes all the way over the top. I have no lack of coon around here so I make sure they have no easy entrance.
  8. springchicken66

    springchicken66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Flock Master. I am liking the design for the turkey tractor. Any way you could draw it out and post it ? How many turkeys live comfortably in the tractor ? Thanks springchicken66

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