Would a rubbermaid container work as a tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by The Harvest Moon Chicken, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. The Harvest Moon Chicken

    The Harvest Moon Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking a website and they had tons of pictures of chicken tractors. One was of a rubbermaid box in a run:

    http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/c115.jpg

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    http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/c116.jpg

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    http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/tractor07.jpg

    I was wondering if this would work/ be good.

    Although i was thinking of haveing the box be right outside the run leading into it as opposed to having it inside the run. The run would be 8ft long and 3 ft wide.

    If this would work, what sized box do you think you would need?

    I am trying to find the cheapest way to make a tractor, as wood is looking pretty expenisive all togeather, i'm hoping this will solve that problem for the most part.

    Thank You! [​IMG]

    EDIT: I forgot to say, it will only house 3 banties. i suppose that information would be kindof important in helping one respond to my question... [​IMG]
     
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  2. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a feeling it would get awfully hot in there the way the photos show it. They also don't show any ventilation other than the pophole door. That would be pretty hard on the chickens, IMO.

    If you could find some way to insulate the container, I have a feeling it would work better. You might consider altering a doghouse rather than using a plastic container. Those also can be brittle in the cold.

    Other people here might have other opinions, though. Good luck, whatever you do.

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  3. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i aggree, i don't think it will have enough ventalation by its self, you could cut hols, but that would kinda defeat the purpose, and even though it may get hat, just make sure there is PLEANTY of ventalation, and at least 2 emergency exits [​IMG]


    btwwhat does imo stand for, im so lost every one keeps using it and i don't know what it means [​IMG]
     
  4. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd have to agree with Llysse on that. I think it would definitely get too hot in there. As far as being too cold, I suppose it would depend on where you live.
    I think it would fit them, I just don't think it would be very comfy.

    You could try to get a free doghouse on http://craigslist.org/ . Just locate your nearest city on the left on go to the free or wanted section in the sales division.

    Or find a freecycle in your area. I use http://www.phillyfreecycle.org/ I'm sure if you do a search you can find one near you.
     
  5. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In My Opinion. [​IMG]
     
  6. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thankyou
     
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Harvest moon...Maybe you can go on a free wood hunt. Behind your local grocers...wal mart..most any large store, they should have pallets. Most places will gladly let you have them, and for a few bantys, it wouldnt take many pallets to build something for them. Good luck.
     
  8. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Make sure you ask first, as some have contracts that require them to return pallets.
     
  9. urbanhomesteader

    urbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    freecycle and craigslist often have people giving away pallets. You just have to pick them up.
     
  10. The Harvest Moon Chicken

    The Harvest Moon Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    so i was looking around. How do you think this dog house would do?

    Dimentions:
    30.7" wide
    45.5" long
    33.7" high

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    i would make small changes to it, like puting hinges on the roof and puting in a nesting box and roosting pole. So in general do you think this would be okay for my chickens?
     

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