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Chicken Tractor Done

 

Well, we got it done. Currently running two hens in the chicken tractor. I still need to add a better way to move it. It is a bit on the heavy side. Currently were using a dolly to lift the front end and move it. I’m considering adding two more wheels and a rope to pull it with. Luckily we don’t have to move it too often with only running two hens in it at the moment. If you have any suggestions. Sent them my way. I’ll let you know what we decide to do with this issue.

Overall I’m happy with the build. Few things I will consider if I build another chicken Tractor are Weight and Protecting the food from the elements a bit better. I have considered moving the feeder into the actual coop, but then the chickens will roost on it. Then I’d end up with chicken poop in the feed. I’m looking at a few different solutions. Haven’t decided on which one yet. If you have any suggestions. Sent them my way. I’ll let you know what we decide to do with this issue.

The hens, seem to be very happy and are laying two eggs a day.

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I envision adding roster and putting breeding hens in this tractor. Then using the 40 by 40 coop and run to raise up chickens for other purposes. Such as extra egg production, Eating and Selling. I’m not sure on whether to run the eggs thru the incubator or to let the hens hatch them out. Not done this before and I’m sure there is some issue that I haven’t thought about yet both ways. But I’ll have to run that passed the Beautiful Redhead. It is after all her chicken setup.

Me and my big mouth got me into this project. Which isn’t really a bad thing, I have learned a lot. Had a lot fun doing it. Besides adding a skill to your tool bag is never a bad thing. It helps you make better homesteading decisions on your next go round.

Thanks for stopping by. Be safe and take care

Richard

Chicken Tractor ends close up

We got the outside wrapping of chicken wire Done. We’re going to use some Rabbit nest boxes as Nesting boxes for the chickens. We got the wood cut for the chicken ramp. We haven’t got it installed yet. She is going to do a little painting. Then we will install The ramp, and get the birds in it.

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Wrapping the chicken Tractor

We have pretty much got the chicken Tractor built. Just a few more things to do.

We have gotten most of it wrapped in chicken wire and we need to add a ramp for the chickens to get into the chicken coop and add some nest boxes. Everything seems to be going in slow motion with this build. Life seems to be getting in the way at every turn. But we will get it finished.

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Working on the Chicken Tractor

We finally got back to do a little work on the chicken Tractor. Got the Door added for access to the whole unit.

A Little painting and wrapping it up with chicken wire, add some nest boxes and some straps to make it easier to move,  we should be good to go…. I kinda wish she would use something better than chicken wire. But that not my call. Oh might need to add a ramp so the chicken can get in the coop.

Added Door today

Added Door today

Another update on the chicken Tractor build

Well, the Chicken Tractor is starting to take shape. We got the back door and the entrance added today.

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We are designing this Chicken Tractor to run 3 to 4 chickens. We are trying to keep the weight down. To keep it easy for one person to move. My woodworking skills are not the greatest thing in the world but they are improving with each project. I don’t think I’ll be good enough to build cabinets anytime soon, though. hehe

Update on Chicken Tractor Build

We squeezed about 20 mins of actual work on the chicken tractor. We got the wheels on and the support for the build in chicken coop. It is actually moveable by one person now.

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Chicken Tractor Build

I’m building a chicken tractor out of and old swing set. We got the base on it before the Heat got to use. Yes were wimps. When it gets to temperature gets above 90F we call it quits for the day.

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Building this for Janie. We’ll get all the bugs work out of the setup and maybe I’ll put one in at my place. But in any event, I get a little more experience working with wood. I am seeing big improvements, but I’m not going to be building pretty looking cabinets anytime soon

Had and issue

Seem my internet provider for my wedsite made some change to the login proceeder. It took me a bit to find out what was going on so I could get back into my acct.

It took me a bit to find out what was going on so I could get back into my acct.

Anyhow a bit, of and update on what’s going on.

Lost a breeding male rabbit to the heat. That suck bad.

Last week quail hatch was 1 bird. Of, course it didn’t make it.

Last week I bottle 6 plain and 6 cherry flavor bottles of Kombucha.

Last week I built a new Aquarium stand for a 75-gallon Aquarium that is attached to my 175 gallon Aquaponics system. I’m also reworking all the plumbing on that system. This systems pump is getting old and needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Leaning towards doing both to have a backup pump again.

This week I have had 3 quail hatch out and 2 made it so far. I’m having issues with the heat and baby birds not eating. I’m also working on getting the hatch rate up. Trying to collect the eggs before the heat of the day gets to them.

Also this week I’m working on building a chicken tractor out of an old swing set. Pictures will be coming on that one.

I have a few other things on the list. We will see how that works out.

 

Be safe people

Richard

Pretty Rooster

This is one pretty boy…

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Just couldn’t resist taking this picture. I was checking in on Janie’s birds and garden today.

Everything was looking good. I also raided her garden and got a few tomatoes and other stuff.

I did forget to check for eggs. Darn…

 

Be safe people.

Richard