What in the World is a Chicken Tractor

Those were my Dad’s exact words when I told him how I was going to raise my meat chickens.

When I showed him some pictures of different “models”, he said, “Well, I probably have all the stuff to make one.”

“You’re hired!”

And that’s how I roped him into helping me.

First of all, we had to find something to use for the frame.  As we drove by one of the barns, he noticed this metal shipping crate.

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It was 4 ft. tall, 8 ft. long and VERY heavy.  Too heavy to pull around a pasture. “But not if I cut it half,” he said.

So that’s what he did.

Then he added some old lawnmower wheels to one end so I would be able to pull it easier.  (He didn’t need any help pulling it–he’s just 77!)

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If you can tell, the side on the left and the top and back had no metal support.  He found some scrap wood to brace those sides and added some leftover chicken wire around all the sides.  The floor of the tractor is completely open as it will sit on the ground.

On half of the tractor (sides, top and back) he screwed on scrap aluminum pieces.  Aluminum reflects heat so this will shield the chickens from the heat of the sun, along with the rain.

Here is the finished product.  He did not have to buy one thing to make it–he even found some unused paint to paint it for me!

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An old screen window was hinged to the top and a handle was added  so I would be able to feed and water without lifting the entire structure.  It also has a small lock to keep it closed (which might need to be reinforced when the time comes.)

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The wheels were also tweaked and made to be adjustable.  A small bar was welded nearby so I would have something to lift it by while adjusting.

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A handle bar was added to the front so I would be able to pull it easier.

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And a “hitch” was added if I ever needed to use a chain to drag it with our ATV.

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And my favorite part of all?

 

He added a custom license plate!

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I do believe he’s thought of everything!

Good job, Dad!

I owe you a chicken.

 

 

 

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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20 Responses to What in the World is a Chicken Tractor

  1. Oh My Gosh! I love it! I hate the prices I see every time I look at something comparable. I just wish my Dad were still alive … he would help me do something similar. Enjoy!!!

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  2. You owe him a chicken, all right! But if he’s like my dad was, you don’t owe him a thing, right? 🙂 I love dads.

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  3. Buffy says:

    Wow! It looks amazing! I’m jealous!

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  4. What a great dad you have! But isn’t this more of a chicken RV than a tractor? Or maybe a mobile home?

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  5. Lucy says:

    Love that your dad helped you build your chicken tractor and that it was free! Really enjoyed reading your post!

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  6. By golly, Chicken Clucker, you DO owe him a chicken. He did a fine job for you! And I love your new daffodil banner.

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  7. ChgoJohn says:

    A friend’s husband in another blog built her a similar “coop” last year. It’s a wonderful idea and serves its purpose very well. I cannot wait to see yours with its new tenants. 🙂

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  8. Holleygarden says:

    The license plate is fabulous!!! And your chicken tractor is great – you have really thought of everything! I’m quite impressed with your Dad! (He could hire out!!) And I bet your chickens will be impressed with their new home, too.

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  9. Bill says:

    I am so envious of your Dad’s skills right now. I have a trailer just waiting to be converted into an eggmobile. Do you think he’d be willing to come help make that happen?

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  10. I don’t know how I missed this post on the 10th, but I have to say that that is an awesome chicken tractor! It’s great that it won’t deteriorate like our wooden tractor has. I wish I could find a crate like that, and I love all of the accessories, especially the license plate!

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