4 x 12 Chicken Tractor Plan

Introduction

This specialized chicken coop is designed to be mobile. Using a tractor or lifting the stationary end, you can move it from location to location to allow both natural feeding and fertilization of soils. It can house up to ten chickens in its 48 square feet of space. The arc design provides a free flow of air and makes the overall frame more sturdy during moves. The rear nesting area still provides plenty of protection from predators and shelter from the weather for up to nine chickens. Doors allow access to both the front aviary and to the nesting area at the rear, making the collection of chicks and eggs much more simple. The raised nesting area provides for easier cleaning and a ladder is included for full ground access for your birds.

The mobile design is important for farmers interested in maximizing their farm utility. The chickens feed on grubs and insects in the ground that would affect vegetable production, while at the same time leaving their droppings as fertilizer. Regular movement prevents over-concentration of nitrogen and allows your birds to feed in multiple places on their natural food in the environment. It also reduces your overall food costs, allowing the chickens to feed on their surroundings.

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Materials you’ll need

  • Pine timbers
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Metal sheet
  • Plywood
  • Mounting Angles
  • Sheaves
  • Rigging Staple
  • Rope
  • Wire mesh
  • PVC tube
  • Hinges
  • Handles
  • Locks
  • Wheels
  • Nut
  • Bent washer
  • Washer
  • Threaded Stud

1. Assembling The Bottom Frame

1.1 Assemble the outer frame from the beams with cross-section 5 x 2 inch. by means of 5″ screws.

1.2 Install the 5 x 2 inch. middle bar with 5″ self-tapping screws.

1.3 Clarify that all diagonals are equal.

4x12 chicken tractor bottom frame assembly

2. Framing The Coop’s Floor

2.1 Set the frame for the floor of the beams with a cross-section of 2 x 2 inches.

2.2 Secure the beams by means of 2″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting angles and 3×2″ self-tapping screws for each joint.

2.3 Install the 2 x 2 inch. middle bar with 4″ self-tapping screws.

4x12 chicken tractor floor framing

3. Floor Installation

3.1 Prepare the 1/2 plywood for the floor according to the drawing.

3.2 Install the floor with 8 x 2″ self-tapping screws.

4x12 chicken tractor plywood floor installation

4. Installing Inner Wall

4.1 Prepare the 2″ plywood for the wall according to the drawing.

4.2 Cut the opening for the hatching eggs case and roof bar.

4.3 Install the wall to the floor’s support pillars with 8 x 3″ self-tapping screws.

4x12 chicken tractor inner wall installation

5. Aviary’s Wall Installation

5.1 Prepare the 1″ plywood for the wall according to the drawing.

5.2 Cut the opening for the hatching eggs case and roof bar.

5.3 Install the wall to the floor’s support pillars with 8 x 3″ self-tapping screws.

4x12 chicken tractor aviary's wall installation

6. Assemble The Roof Bar

6.1 Prepare the roof bar from the beam with a cross-section 5 x 2 inch according to the drawing.

6.2 Install the roof bar with 5″ self-tapping screws to the back side coop’s wall and aviary’s wall.

6.3 Secure the bar to the coop’s inner wall by means of 2″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ mounting angle and 3 x 2″ self-tapping screws.

4x12 chicken tractor roof bar assembly

7. Nesting Box Assembly

7.1 Assemble the frame of beams with a cross-section of 2 x 2 inches, according to the drawing. The upper plate has a slope of 11 degrees.

7.2 Cover the frame with 1/2″ plywood from the top, bottom left and right sides with help of 2 1/2″ self-tapping screws. Make a partition of plywood 1/4 inch thick and fasten it to the frame.

7.3 Prepare the front panel from the 1/2″ plywood. Cut the opening for the door.

7.4 For hatching eggs case fixing, install two mounting angles on the required height on the wall with 2″ self-tapping screws.

7.5 Secure the hatching eggs back side beams to the wall (node N) with 3 x 4″ self-tapping screws. Put an additional 3 x 1 inch. beams from both sides to make the junction more durable.

4x12 chicken tractor nesting box assembly

8. Coop’s Door Installation

8.1 Provide and install channels from the beams with cross section 1 x 2 inch with help of 3″ self-tapping screws.

8.2 Prepare the 1/2 plywood for the door according to the drawing.

8.3 Assemble all the elements together. Check that the lever with the door moves freely in the channels.

4x12 chicken tractor door

9. Coop’s Roof Installation

9.1 Prepare the 1/8″ sheet metal for the roof 21′ long and 2′ 4″ wide.

9.2 Fasten the sheet with 1 1/2″ self-tapping screws with a wide head and rubber gaskets specified for metal.

4x12 chicken tractor roof installation

10. Aviary’s Mesh Wall Installation

10.1 Prepare wire mesh sheets according to the drawing. To cover all the square will need 8 m2 of wire mesh.

10.2 Fasten the mesh with 2″ self-tapping screws with a wide head.

4x12 chicken tractor aviary's mesh wall installation

11. Wheels Installation

11.1 Provide the lever spacer from the beam with cross section 3 x 1 1/2 inch.

11.2 Provide the lever from the beam with cross section 3 x 1 1/2 inch.

11.3 Drill holes for studs according to the drawing. Round off the edges.

11.4 Connect the wheel and lever.

11.5 Assemble the restrictive stud.

11.6 Connect wheel with lever through a spacer to the bottom frame.

4x12 chicken tractor wheels installation

Step 12 – Decorate the coop

Don’t forget to choose the desirable paint for your mood and the colors of your yard. Decorate your chicken coop by giving it a unique and stylish look.

4x12 chicken tractor

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