Wheels for Tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tellynpeep, May 8, 2011.

  1. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    I'm building another coop and thought I would like to make this one moveable. It will be small (4X6). What kind of wheels has anyone used that work on rough terrain? Maybe recycled bicycle wheels? I am also needing a visual for how to attach them! Thanks for any ideas and photos!
  2. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    I use old lawn mower wheels. You could use old bike wheels, or watch TS when they have their $5 sale, they have 10" wheels then. Measure the hole in the wheel and get bolts that fit through it. Go bolt, washer, washer, wheel, washer, washer, frame, washer, nut, nut. Assemble all but the last nut. Tighten it down so it is snug, but not so tight to prevent the wheel turning. When you are happy with how it turns, put the second nut on tight. This will keep the 1st nut from loosening. You can put oil between the two washers if it tightens up later. I also attach a lawn mower handle to the end I am pulling. Sooo much easier! Cut a 2x4 the width between the end of the handle, I think about 16 or 18", screw the handle to the ends of the board. Then screw the board to the coop.
  3. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I made a tractor using stroller wheels. Got the stroller at the salvation army store for $2, thats $0.50 a wheel.
    I think as long as it's round and it's seized at the point of rotation it should work.
  4. Why Did The Chicken Cross

    Why Did The Chicken Cross Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2010
    North Carolina
    Mine only has 2 wheels so you have to lift up the other end of the coop. I used 1/2 inch (I think!) lag screws that screwed into solid wood.

    When you only have 2 wheels, you need to put the wheels so that when you pick up the other side the coop won't drag on the ground.

    For me this meant putting the wheels very close to the back corners.

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