What is the difference between a chicken coop and a chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wife says no chickens, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Wife says no chickens

    Wife says no chickens Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Looking for the pros and cons to either.
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    tractor:smaller, portable, spread the poop (and dug up grass) around the yard, less secure from predators, limits size of flock, fewer materials needed
    coops: can be larger and house more chickens, more secure, more flies and poop to deal with in one area, usually more weatherproof, easier to add on when you get more chickens (which you WILL do)
  3. itom37

    itom37 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    coop is typically stationary... something they can go into and out of (typically into a run or free range). size is up to your available space.

    a tractor is sorta a small coop and run that is moveable so the birds can get fresh grass to graze on. usually smaller overall due to the need to move the whole outfit.
  4. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    a tractor is (as stated) a light, portable coop or run, or it might be a coop or run on wheels.

    essentially a tractor is a coop or run that is able to be moved from one spot to the next. like stated, it spreads the poop around, the digging, but it also gives the chickens fresh bugs and grass
  5. AHotchick

    AHotchick Just Hatched

    Sep 5, 2012
    Hi, i see this is an older thread, but would a person need both a coop and a tractor?
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Darn handy to have a spare tractor. Use it to grow out a new batch of youngster unmolested, use it as a breeding pen, put a broody and her chicks in it, or use it when getting new chickens as a place to keep them separate during the 30 day health inspection period. If your setup doesn't have multiple stalls or pens, one of these is just the ticket.


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