Wheels/axles for chicken tractors?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rare Feathers Farm, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Where do those of you with "chicken tractors" get your wheels & axles? The "sniper tower" coop I'm making for three bantam breeds I'd like to be mobile...it does weigh over 400lbs as a shell...so the tires would have to be VERY sturdy & durable....thanks!
     
  2. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Lawn mower tires are awesome! My dad works on riding mowers so he has friends that have push mower tires and I got a pair from him. You might be able to use a big bolt for your tires.
     
  3. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I wonder if they would be big enough, though?? This thing is 4' w and 6' long...and that's without runs....
     
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    I used gate wheels from TSC:
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  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Ohhhh....those may work! Thanks!
     
  6. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as you get the metal centered wheels(not plastic) they should be alright.
    The bigger the wheel the easier it will roll.
    For axles I use carriage bolts with washers and nuts on each side of the wheels. Will
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  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Oh, that is good info to know! Thank you!
     
  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Yeah those are the kind of wheels I was talking about. They are really strong.

    Equibling---Maybe you could post a pic. Why is it 400 lbs? At least you know it is stable!
     
  9. chickenbike

    chickenbike Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too have been trying to locate durable tires for our ark. The ark itself is 4'x8' (not including a separate removable run extension we have). We'll keep trying to hunt down strong metal wheels. My husband and I can move the ark with the two of us, but wheel will make things a lot easier!
     
  10. Don

    Don Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try craigslist or freecycle for free lawnmower parts.
     

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