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#1 Chucknbob OFFLINE  

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:49 PM

So I'm planning on getting a few chickens, which means its time to build a chicken tractor (a chicken tractor is a coop on skids or wheels that you can move).

It doesn't need to be huge, I only plan on a few birds. How much weight can I pull with my 1254? I am going to put it on 2x4 skids. Also, if someone has a pic of a tractor they pull with their GT I would love to see it.
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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:57 PM

The Bolens will pull just about anything with proper traction/weights.

 

If you build the coop on wheels the Bolens will have no trouble hauling it around.


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 06:58 PM

What I can't figure out is why the chickens can't drive their own tractor. LOL I haven't been around one of these, but I would think it shouldn't be too hard to move. Except around corners!


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:03 PM

About this much (note the trailer was partial full of sand) the gound was very soft and i was backing up With the front blower on

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:13 PM

I was at Tractor Supply today they had baby chicks out for sale. Springtime must be near. I think your tractor will move the chicken coop.


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:32 PM

About this much (note the trailer was partial full of sand) the gound was very soft and i was backing up With the front blower on

Impressive! If the weight ever shifted back in the trailer the tractor rear end would be airborne!


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:58 PM

I don't think you will have much trouble pulling your chicken tractor if it's built for a half dozen chickens.  Good luck and show us photographs of the coop.


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 08:17 PM

I have moved a 96 Chevy Suburban at about 6000 pounds with the Sears SS16. Unless you build a monster chicken tractor you are good.


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 09:07 PM

The Bolens will pull just about anything with proper traction/weights.

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I push and pull cars, pickups, wagons and even logs 18" in diameter and 12' long with my 1050. A chicken coop will be no problem for you.  Just remember to have a place on the coop lower than your tractor hitch to hook a chain or what ever you decide to hook the two together with.


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 09:22 PM


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Just thought I'd post a pic of our chicken tractor that is on skids. I was gonna do wheels and all that stuff, but the skids work great. One word of advise is to make the tractor sturdy enough so it can handle getting bumped around the yard. I used some joinery, and lots of screws for the sub- framing.

 

It gets pulled  around with  any of the garden tractors here, from a Case 222, a lightweight Craftsman DLT 3000, a  448, and then the 648 is just overkill. Sorry, I have no Bolens in the stable . :anvil_drop:  :rolling:

 

 

 

That's Bolens of yours should pull something around the yard with ease.

 

 

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Posted February 20, 2013 - 05:42 AM

Dude that's an awesome little chicken coop marlboro.

 

 

I pulled my 12x12 shed home with my old 1970 Gilson Hydro 16.It was about a 1/4 mile up the road.It is made of pressure treated lumber and is sitting on 4x6 skids.The Only trouble I had was getting it moving but once I got the thing to move I pulled it rite down the middle of the road and down into my yard.

 

I need to move it again but I think it may be a bit to heavy now.I replaced the floor and roof with 3/4" par deck and I have to pull it up hill.Going to get my uncle to bring down his skid steer and heavy chains this time.


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Posted February 20, 2013 - 06:40 AM

That is a sweet little coop Marlboro. It's very similar to what I planned to make. How many birds do you keep in it? I knew it would handle the weight, I was just worried about getting everything moving on skids. I didn't want to use wheels if I didn't have to.
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Posted February 20, 2013 - 07:21 AM

Shouldn't be a problem pulling it. I've pulled a 34' diesel pusher mnotot home with my S-24.



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Posted February 20, 2013 - 08:07 AM

Chucknbob,

 

We keep anywhere from 5 to nine birds in that tractor . One end on the roofed section has the perch, the other a couple nesting boxes.  At our current 7 hens, we get about 5-6 eggs a day.     They used to free range around in the yard more, but the local fox population got wise and started killing them off, so we are in the process of collecting the materials for a more permanent coop/ pen.






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