A chicken tractor is a portable chicken coop for every season. It may be available in various shapes and sizes. It is an ideal choice for chicken owners and can accommodate up to four chickens. To backyard chicken owners, the chicken tractor is ideal because it meets many needs: it can fit in to a small area, be easily moved around, requires little maintenance and saves time.
You need to assess the layout of the garden and decide the location of roosting and sleeping areas before constructing your DIY Chicken tractor. The long-term quality of your DIY items and your investment level are also important factors.
Nesting boxes are a necessity, as this is where the fresh eggs are laid, giving you that ever-anticipated meal right out of your backyard! Chickens need a lot of nesting space, so size is essential. The box should be about 12 “X 12” X 12. Going bigger is not a bad thing, because they will lay their eggs elsewhere if the chicken’s nest box is not comfortable. Even if you have two nesting boxes in the chicken tractor, every bird favors one box over the other. In some instances, a chicken will build her own nest underneath or wherever she can access.
A critical consideration in design is that not all chickens are equal in size. Many breeds have similar sizes, but others have giants. The tractor should be changed to fit the largest of your races. The tractor is designed to take into account the average size of chicken: 16 ” high, and 3.5 to 6 lbs. Beware that chickens can make themselves smaller to flee certain areas or to reach the garden for fresh plants or weeds.
The running area attached to the coop is where the chickens have water and food, as well as a place for them to scratch. This covers an area of approximately 72 “and 48” and 24 “in height. There should be plenty of room for your chickens to move, and you can throw in grain, oyster shells, weeds, or greens. This area benefits from a ‘rain flap “over the top, which keeps food dry and water fresh, which helps make your chickens healthier. You can build and a piece of canvas with grommets to act as a rain flap. The canvas fabric should be about 24 “by 48.” It also serves as a lovely shade.
Each night, all areas of the tractor should be locked and secured. The opening to the nesting boxes should also be secure. The run should be attached to the coop.
In short, for all urban, residential or rural areas, the DIY chicken tractor is essential. The benefits are that you can maneuver easily, safeguard your garden and give your chicken a variety of rich food. The tractor also makes things easy for a poultry owner, and gathering eggs is an easy task: just scoop the eggs out. And it gives you peace of mind to know that at night, your chicks are relatively safe.