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Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:51:09 PM »
I'm in the investigation stages of what it will take to build my chicken tractor next year.  Would love to see what others have built and what things you would do differently the next time.

I'm thinking about 10 chickens with sliding trays for retrieval of eggs, already have hundreds of yards of nylon netting yards to cover.

« Last Edit: April 06, 2014, 11:05:08 AM by hrd2fnd »
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
I'm in the investigation stages of what it will take to build my chicken tractor next year.  Would love to see what others have built and what things you would do differently the next time.

I'm thinking about 10 chickens with sliding trays for retrieval of eggs, already have hundreds of yards of nylon netting yards to cover.

What happens when the hen is still in the nest?  :dunno:  slow tray removal and she moves.

I do like your thinking.  :tup:
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2014, 08:19:58 PM »
 I'll post pics of mine later. You can do real simple to extravagant. Pretty easy to do a nice looking simple one in a weekend. Why would you wait until next year?
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2014, 08:28:56 PM »
There are other things ear marked in our budget that doesn't include the cost of lumber. I'll be keeping my eyes open for scrap lumber saving the best pieces to o build it.
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 08:44:30 AM »
Dumb question but what is a chicken tractor ?
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 09:39:52 AM »
Dumb question but what is a chicken tractor ?
here is one,,,

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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2014, 09:54:11 AM »
so do you pull the wheels off that one after you move it? If you dont that chicken will be a raccoons lunch and mice will eat the feed? I like it though.
I bet an A-frame or hoophouse made of PVC and covered in hardware cloth would be pretty cheep and efficient.

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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2014, 10:00:24 AM »
the raised back half in that style usually has a wire floor so only the square in front of the ramp is fully exposed to the ground I had a rabbit tractor set up for my bunnies that the entire bottom was wire but the bunnies could still graze and fertilize for me.

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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2014, 10:26:50 AM »
One of the main reason I'm not going with the hoop or a-frame is due to my disability with not being able to bend down to get to the eggs.  So yes you can say they are less expensive which would be true, just not practical for me. 

I'm imaging using the crap load of netting i have left over from a batting cage.  Thinking of making it drape down to to ground when stationary, when time to move hook up the lawn tractor pull up the net drapes and move.
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Re: Show your chicken tractor
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2014, 10:31:29 AM »
Maybe there aren't many raccoons where you live but I'd be careful of something like that.  When you have coyotes, raccoons, mink, weasels, dogs... it can get tough to keep chickens alive without a digging guard.  Everyone wants to eat chicken   :chuckle:

It's a neat little idea if it works.  I probably couldn't make one big enough for 33 hens   :yike:
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Re: Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2014, 11:03:59 AM »
Ok, let me see the your chicken coops and or tractors. Why the design you choose what differently would you do and how do you keep the chicken loving diggers  :chuckle:  out.  I can put wheels on just about anything so I'm just looking to see what others have found to work not work.
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Re: Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2014, 11:28:24 AM »
 Here is one I built and sold last year.
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Re: Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2014, 11:52:08 AM »
One of the main reason I'm not going with the hoop or a-frame is due to my disability with not being able to bend down to get to the eggs.  So yes you can say they are less expensive which would be true, just not practical for me. 


heres a design that is an A frame where the coop is at the top, no bending down to get eggs.  :)


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Re: Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2014, 11:53:18 AM »
May I ask what is the purpose of blocking off the access underneath it?  Was there any thought given to cleaning out access?  Not trying to not pick, just curious is all.  Thanks for sharing
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Re: Show your chicken tractor\chicken coop
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2014, 12:00:12 PM »
May I ask what is the purpose of blocking off the access underneath it?  Was there any thought given to cleaning out access?  Not trying to not pick, just curious is all.  Thanks for sharing
not sure Im quite following you, there are doors for access, I just like the A frame because its less wood and material for the same floor space. Heres another design.


 


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