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TheRktmn
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:53 pm    Post subject: icon_complicity mo2872: What I done Saturday Reply with quote

mo2872:

With our chicks set to deliver Wednesday the 18th, I figured I better start working on their future home. This is based loosely off the Barn Tractor we saw on here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/barn-tractor-mobile-home

We'll be making some modifications that we liked, so, follow along!





And this is where I am at so far:



The left hand side of the floor will be hardware cloth, for warmer months, and I'll be coming up with a slide-out removable "tray" for the winter. Thinking some kind of plastic for ease of cleaning, or possibly sheet metal. The roosts will be right above this area, so should make clean up a breeze! (Or at least that is our thought??)

They'll be staying in the shop for their first 5 weeks, so, I've some time to finish it up.


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Crappy cell pics, but you get the idea.....


And we have babies........





Names? We have Nugget, Scramble, Fried, Hunan, Cashew, Pot Pie, Parmigiana, Caccitore, Piccata, Omelette, Benedict, Sweet'nSour, Dumpling, Enchilada, and of course, Foghorn.

Updated progress photos!

Nest boxes under construction(skipped that step before in the last photos....):





Attached, with a roof:


Now has sides and a bottom:


From the end, all closed up, window open, then all open:








Oh, and got the roof on. Middle panel is a "smoked" clear, for more light!



I have the door on to the right of the nest boxes now, but no pictures yet. Have the nest box door to do yet, and the fence/enclosure area on front. Then we'll paint, put the wire up, and be ready for transferring the chicks!

Getting closer to "done".....





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TheRktmn
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:44 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

How's this working out for you? I am considering the same for my place, could use some feedback.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

As far as I know Bob, no chickens have yet showed up to live there.......3 was saying he MIGHT have to go out an get his own, if some dont show up soon!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:35 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote



It WAS working out great, until the neighbors went and put up a new fence! Granted, it was needed, but, they didn't want to put in a gate where we had one before, so our access is now a PITA. So much so, we gave them the coop/chickens. Long story, not worth the typing. Suffice to say, we were miffed for a while, but now we've no feed costs.

We averaged about 10 eggs per day out of 14 birds(24 hour cycle, if they lay their egg after 3 p.m., the next day will be a "bye"...... ). The eggs are fantastic, so much better than store boughts. "Average" lay-life is 2-3 years.....so they were getting close to "soup" time, anyway.

They're quite fun, really, Bob.
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TheRktmn
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:04 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

What did you do about sealing the bottom against predators?

Did they pick the ground to bare dirt?

How often did you move them?

How much was feed costing?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:28 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

the size and weight of that coop. along with little wheels couldn't have been easily mobile.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:40 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

TheRktmn wrote:
What did you do about sealing the bottom against predators? Nothing, really. As JB pointed out, the sheer weight of the thing held it fairly firm to the ground. We've not noticed any signs of digging around it yet, either.

Did they pick the ground to bare dirt?Yes, they do, however, we let them loose every morning, so they have access to the whole farm, and wherever they can get under/through fencing.

How often did you move them?At first, about every week. Those little wheels are not holding up well, so we made it where we moved it every month or so.

How much was feed costing?I'd guess $20-30 a month, average? During the spring/summer/fall, they forage quite a bit, and don't use as much. Winter, seems we fill the bucket daily sometimes. That's how they keep warm, though, so..... We'd give them scratch, as well, outside of the coop.


"If I were to build it again"......I would NOT use the Hardie panel siding, I'd use OSB, or some cheap plywood. The Hardie panel, while nice, tends to break on corners! I would also build it "fixed", not moveable, and use straw/wood chips in the coop/pen for wet weather mud control.

We have had two birds snatched by some kind of predator, while they were out for the day. Came home, and had two piles of feathers. Not sure if it was a stray dog, coyote, or hawk. That's not bad for birds that wander loose all day, for the past two years.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:03 am    Post subject: icon_note  Reply with quote

easily copied with 1"pvc pipe...
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=chicken+tractor&&view=detail&mid=9A0073780B0C87240BD19A0073780B0C87240BD1&FORM=VRDGAR

just search chicken tractor
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