what is a chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shaggy, May 12, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i see the phrase and all i can think of is Foghorn Leghorn sitting on the back of a brush hog mowing down hay fields.
     
  2. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    It is a portable coop that you can move all over the yard . Kinda cool......
    They have wheels on them
     
  3. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that sounds cool


    thanks
     
  4. mener6896

    mener6896 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a picture of my chicken tractor. I made it narrow enough to fit in my rows in my garden. That way my girls can work (pick weeds, eat bugs, etc) and I can move it around. I will only put a few in at a time. This will also keep them from eating my good stuff!! [​IMG]

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  5. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I love that green tractor!

    Here is my monstrous tractor. It is super heavy, and we actually took the wheels off because the weight of the tractor crushed them. This was given to us by a neighbor, I use it for chicks before they are big enough to go in with the big girls. Obviously we don't move this thing around much so I guess technically it isn't a tractor, but you get the idea.

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  6. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I build my chicken tractors in the old European style, and although they do not have wheels, they're easily moved around with two people because of the long handles on each end.

    This one is 8 ft long by 4 ft wide and will hold probably up to 5 or 6 full size hens. I always err on the side of caution though and put in fewer birds than I think any structure can actually hold, in order to prevent picking before it starts.

    Here's my chicken tractor all closed up:
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    And here it is with all the removable doors off:
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  7. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    I love the concept of these, but I have 2 things that worry me. First, I live in Maine, and it it gets COLD..so would something like that only work during the warmer months? Second, how is it against predators? Couldn't a racoon or foxe dig under it really easy, or is the tractor for daytime use only?
     
  8. mener6896

    mener6896 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this isn't for overnight use. Only for a few hrs at a time. I'll put them in the coop at night.
     
  9. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Dang...I thought chicken tractors are what you drove to harvest the eggs from the fields...silly me!
     
  10. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i like the one with the handles on it --- gives me a few idea's
     

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