This is the chicken tractor I mentioned in my maggot bucket post. It’s proof that my brother does love me. It measures 10 foot long, 8 foot wide and about 4.5 foot tall. The enclosed coop space is 2 foot deep with a 2 foot high clearance under it. The side of the coop not facing the camera has a plexiglass window on it to allow the sunshine in as well as to let me peek in to see how they are doing. The entire back opens up for cleaning and to gather eggs.
At one point, all 18 of my “bantams” were in here. I thought bantams were smaller versions of larger birds. If that’s the case, I’m not sure what I had in there. These white “bantams” were up to 24 inches tall and some of the roosters were really mean. One rooster insisted on attacking my legs every time I went into the run. He was among the first few to be butchered. He became a delicious meal.
This tractor was built in 2012 and while the picture doesn’t show it, it does have wheels to make moving it easier. It is a bit heavy for me to pull, so I use the riding mower or my van to push it where it needs to be. There is also rabbit fencing on the bottom of the entire tractor…the narrower openings along the edges and the larger ones in the middle. This was put in place to prevent any critters getting into the run. Knock on wood, I’ve never had any critters inside other than my chickens. However, I did have a ground hog climb up the side of the run one day. He was overcome by lead poisoning shortly after.
If I could make changes to this tractor, it would have a one foot high ‘base’ under it to keep the chickens from walking out the door when it’s open. Hmm, I wonder how much my brother does love me. 🙂 I’d also have it set up for electric, although the window does let in a great deal of light. Even without any changes, this tractor is still in use. It contains the last two white “bantams” from my original flock. They will meet the stew pot this winter and the tractor will be readied for a brand new flock in the spring. That’s the one constant on a homestead…the great circle of life.