when can chicks go in tractor?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lanaschix, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. lanaschix

    lanaschix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2014
    Below is a picture of the chicken tractor we are building. It has a predator proof upper coop with a door that locks for nighttime and an attached run. The run does not have a bottom but again, they will be up top at night. We live in a predator heavy area and I think the biggest risk to the chicks would be snakes initially. How young can they go in there? They are 4 weeks and getting bored. :)[​IMG]
  2. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! How young you send them to the tractor has a lot to do with your weather and how secure it is. At 4 weeks, the littles should stay at 75 or above. If you are in a "predator heavy" area, the chicken wire pictured will not keep your chickens safe. Hardware cloth is a better option. If snakes are a concern. the tractor pictured gives no protection. You'd need to bury hardware cloth and skirt the run as well. Best of luck.
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    As soon as brooder temperature is the same as outdoor temperature or your chicks are mostly feathered, and depending on where you live, I will move mine out as soon as six weeks in july. They could certainly spend nice days out there, bringing them back to the brooder at night for a few weeks, it would help them get used to it as well.
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    I agree with Mutt Farm. Excellent advice. BTW,
    I love the set-up you created. Lovely coop and run. Just needs a bit more
    critter proofing.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2015
  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Um, mine were out permanently at 5.5 weeks on April first of last year. Temps were in the 20s and it snowed. A lot. Until June 6th. They thrived. Now I raise them outside from the start. Temps in the teens and twenties. And it snows. A lot. I think it depends a lot on how good your ventilation is to allow moist, warmer air to escape and fresh air in to replace it. Humidity, ammonia, and direct drafts on them are the big boogy-men.
  6. lanaschix

    lanaschix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2014
    We live in Central Florida so no worries about temperatures. Yes, the picture is our goal. My nephew is welding the frame out of conduit. The sides will be hardware cloth, not chicken wire. The actual coop will have larger areas of hardware cloth "windows" since ventilation is key here. They will have closeable shutters over them in case of bad storms.
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    In your area, they could be outside now, I'm sure.
  8. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice! I really like that design. We'll wait for progress pics!

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