Woot...my girls have a little tractor!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cetawin, May 10, 2008.

  1. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    My girls are not old enough or ready to go out into a coop so I built them a little tractor so they can get some outside time safely.

    It is 4' L x 4' W x 25" H and made out of Douglas Fir 1 x 2's and 1" chicken wire. I put 2 1 1/2" hinges on it and 2 Safety latches. The entire top is hinged and lifts open. Now the girls can go outside while I am working in the garden. I have a piece of metal roofing to put over half of it to give them shade if the trees do not provide enough.

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    I will build a page showing the construction pics and stuff...also I will get a pic of the girls in their tractor tomorrow if it is nice enough outside. I currently have 6 little 7 week olds.
     
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  2. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is such a good idea! Very practical for hanging out with your chicks- you are there to protect them and they get fresh air and some fun scratching for bugs time!
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Exactly....they will not be in it permanently or unsupervised...but when I am outside, they can be outside too. [​IMG] As you know...too many predators to leave them unguarded in something like that but a great playpen for them [​IMG]
     
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  4. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great job! How old are your girls?
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    My herd [​IMG] is 7 weeks old. 6 girls so far. [​IMG]
     
  6. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awwww, ours are close to the same age, lol. Mine are 8weeks and think I am their mama. I think that is what makes me even more protective over them.
     
  7. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm planning on building some thing like that so I can have them work on certain area in the yard at one time. Like putting it over the compost pile or over a garden bed and letting them go at it.

    :)
     
  8. That looks A+ professional!
     
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Quote:That is my plan too...I am going to put it in my garden beds and let the girls work the soil for me.


    EllyMae: My girls do too. My litle SLW stalks me and follows me everywhere. That is also why I want a tractor for them just to keep them out of trouble. [​IMG]
     
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  10. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is my plan too...I am going to put it in my garden beds and let the girls work the soil for me.


    EllyMae: My girls do too. My litle SLW stalks me and follows me everywhere. That is also why I want a tractor for them just to keep them out of trouble. [​IMG]

    JUST WHAT I WAS THINKING!!
     

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