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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 05:44 PM

I built a chicken tractor from scratch a while back, then had no chickens for a while. Fast forward to now. I have chickens again and yup need a coop. I cheated and bought a coop kit from Lowes, still somewhat a challenge to assemble. Found that it doesn't like to be moved. So I had some big tires and brackets from a Murray push mower, bought some treated lumber and volla Chicken Tractor #2

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 05:53 PM

IF'n I were a chicken, I'd live there!


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 06:05 PM

Looks good. :thumbs:

 

Been wanting to do this myself. A few questions: How big is the coop? Total size of the tractor? And how many birds will it accommodate?


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 06:17 PM

I friend of mine has one that he made, but he uses it for his two rabbits


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 06:24 PM

Thank you . for showing me what I have to build , my wife went to R/K came home with 6 ... yes 6 chicks . And now  I know  that it will work. 

 

again thank you

 

Patrick.


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 06:32 PM

The Coop specifications are here. http://www.homedepot...33554/205745336

 

The Tractor part is treated 2X6, and 1X1 large enough to set the coop on. Inside diameter is 73-1/2" X 26-1/2"

 

Good for 2-3 hens.


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 07:29 PM

We just refresh our flock with 45 chicks . 10 geese , 7 ducks


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 07:40 PM

Mine was a Christmas gift for my Daughter and Grandson. Grandson wanted the baby chickens he saw at Atwoods, Coop was a Christmas present to keep them. Pap and Grandma has been doing all the work so far. 


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 08:55 PM

I've thought about getting one for eggs.
And to piss off the neighbor.

But we used to raise and butcher chickens. not something I want to revisit.
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Posted March 05, 2016 - 09:09 PM

What about a MN built chicken condo with heat and dawn/dusk automatic doors?

 

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It comes in JD colors!  :D


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 09:25 PM

What a difference three weeks makes!  This is why we have to have one of these.

 

 

 

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 09:27 PM

And a security key pad access. $$$ looks good $$$ :thumbs:


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 09:35 PM

What about a MN built chicken condo with heat and dawn/dusk automatic doors?

 

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It comes in JD colors!  :D

Do they have wi-fi in there? :love:


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 10:51 PM

Better half has been somewhat skeptical of my interest in GT's. Tonight I mentioned "chicken tractor" and showed her these posts. 

"You mean we could have chickens again? And move them around the yard?"

Told her my major concern around here...Bobcats, we have several of them that walk around in the yard as if they lived here. Have walked out to the shop several times and seen one or two sitting, out in the open, 25 feet away. When I stopped and clapped my hands together they'd just look at me and, maybe, get up and slowly walk around the house to the back yard, or wherever. Have yet to actually see one run.

Then, we have a vixen fox that surprised me one afternoon as I sat out in a lawn chair...Walked by maybe 8 feet away, seemed totally oblivious to my presence.

Coyotes...cams have caught them on several nights prowling around the yard.

My point is: Are these chicken tractors predator proof? They look like they have screen wire in them. The acid rain we get eats that stuff up in a few months, no to mention my doubt of its durability against a determined bobcat, etc.


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Better half has been somewhat skeptical of my interest in GT's. Tonight I mentioned "chicken tractor" and showed her these posts. 

"You mean we could have chickens again? And move them around the yard?"

Told her my major concern around here...Bobcats, we have several of them that walk around in the yard as if they lived here. Have walked out to the shop several times and seen one or two sitting, out in the open, 25 feet away. When I stopped and clapped my hands together they'd just look at me and, maybe, get up and slowly walk around the house to the back yard, or wherever. Have yet to actually see one run.

Then, we have a vixen fox that surprised me one afternoon as I sat out in a lawn chair...Walked by maybe 8 feet away, seemed totally oblivious to my presence.

Coyotes...cams have caught them on several nights prowling around the yard.

My point is: Are these chicken tractors predator proof? They look like they have screen wire in them. The acid rain we get eats that stuff up in a few months, no to mention my doubt of its' durability against a determined bobcat, etc.

I am sure if you use approaite construction, Heavy wire and construction it could be done.


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