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#64615 - 06/25/09 11:55 PM tractors
Golden Chick Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 17
Loc: Canada
hi everyone!
I was on here a few years ago as chillychick, haven't had chickens for a few years & can't remember my password lol. We've just bought a small farm, so I am back as goldenchick in honor of my golden retrievers & the chickens I am soon to have (YAY!!) SO excited.

I am planning to run pastured meat birds. They will need to be in tractors. I'm thinking of a PVC run with a detatchable coop. I've got some great ideas from here and backyard chickens.

I'm wondering....size. What is the biggest anyone has built these suckers & still moved them? I would like to run about 20 birds per to start. Price, any suggestions on keeping that down? Finally sanitation, I figure aprox 10w to turn out a batch what do i do to sanitize the coop for a new batch and what about the ground?

Thanks

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#64616 - 07/03/09 01:55 PM Re: tractors
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I'll be interested in seeing what replies you get.....I will be lurking, ha ha, I am looking at building a PVC tractor too and just got plans mailed to me off e-bay for $ 5.00, I figure if they are worthless what is five dollars, right?!?!

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#64617 - 07/03/09 04:35 PM Re: tractors
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Registered: 08/08/06
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Loc: New Zealand
You will need to consider your possible predators and make your run is as secure as you can get it. Your other possibility is smaller runs and several of them so that your birds are in smaller groups, and put on skids to shift with the lawn tractor or similar,or, have double handles either side for two person lift/shift.

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#64618 - 07/03/09 08:16 PM Re: tractors
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Registered: 07/16/02
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Agree that two smaller tractors would be easier to move==and you will have the birds finish at about the same weight. With 20, some will not get to eat "continuously" and won't grow quite as fast. I envy your project. Makes me hungry. I don't butcher--have nobody around any more, who will do it==so I rarely eat chicken! Maybe next year? CJR

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#89906 - 06/20/10 06:10 AM Re: tractors [Re: CJR]
Kathy W. Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 273
Loc: New York
There are operations that move their chicken tractors with more conventional tractors. I guess the chicken tractor can be quite large then. Kathy

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#89915 - 06/20/10 09:18 AM Re: tractors [Re: Kathy W.]
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Tractors (any moveable pen) can be any size or shape that can be moved to fresh ground--just needs level areas. Designs are endless, factored by weather, ease of adding the feed, water, and wire size against local predators. You can choose whatever works for you! CJR

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#90099 - 06/28/10 09:27 PM Re: tractors [Re: CJR]
Mi Mi in MT Offline
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Registered: 05/03/09
Posts: 11
Loc: Montana
Someone just emailed me this website: City chicken tractors
It's got LOTS OF PICTURES!

Your link wasn't working, so I fixed it for you.


Edited by Foehn (06/28/10 10:36 PM)

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#90103 - 06/28/10 10:40 PM Re: tractors [Re: Mi Mi in MT]
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
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Loc: New Zealand
There are some very good ideas amongst those photos.

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