31 Jul 2011, 2:09 PM
This customer purchased the $34.95 DIY Chicken Tractor plans and did an amazing job of construction!
Here is what he had to say:
When I was on the hunt for something unusual to house my first flock of chickens, I figured I’d know it when I saw it... The DIY Chicken Tractor. I got one of the best sets of plans I’ve found for any project worked out in my shop.
Building it alone took longer than I expected, although most of that time was spent waiting for multiple coats of paint to dry. Boring, so I went outside and watched the grass grow instead. I used the same color scheme as the model simply because I thought it looked great.
I made a few of my own adjustments:
- Tacking chicken wire to the outside the slats instead of inside, both to simplify the job and to discourage marauding varmints from chewing up the wood.
- Making a single pair of detachable wheel mounts from scraps of two-by-four, instead of permanently attaching six wheels and the additional heavy two-by-fours to enclose the bottom of the run as called for in the plans.
- Covering the half of the run just outside the inner door with plastic sheeting to give my chickens additional shade and to keep their feed and feeder dry when it rains.
Our homestead is on extremely rocky, bumpy land, making it very difficult – if not impossible – for a middle-aged man to move alone. The chicken tractor’s weight is the only design “flaw” I’ve found. Even on smooth ground, it’s hard for me to imagine moving it without help. I use my backhoe, both to lift the front (wheels are at the back) and to move it where I want.
I had a few questions for the folks at DIY Chicken Coops and they answered every one fully, clearly and cheerily. I couldn’t be much happier with the whole experience, and my chicken tractor has drawn admiring comments.
If you’d like to see my chicken tractor in action, and follow the pleasures and travails of a Detroit boy moving to the hills of Tennessee for a radically different life, please come visit my blog, “I’m mildly concerned that one of my hens is a rooster…” at Shuddering Squirrel Acres.
Thanks a million for your plans, guidance and good cheer.