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How To Build An Easy & Affordable Chicken Tractor In Simple & Easy Steps..

Without reading any reviews, I expected an e-book simply targeted at the handyman or experienced carpenters seeking guidance on how to build and assemble a chicken tractor

However, it turns out that this guide is so far much more than just hen houses. First of all, you are given detailed advice on which species of chickens will be a perfect fit for your backyard garden and other circumstances, and also tips on how to feed them the best way. It is simply about how to prepare everything before your chickens arrive.

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I never really thought about how much space is needed per chicken, but I learned that this is very important when building a tractor, and the book explains this in a very simple and easily understood manner. Also, I had no clue about the nesting boxes, but this comprehensive guide over delivered and provided me with all this information.

It lists out the husbandry(what needs to be done on regular basis), and even provides great detailed information on the health of the chickens and their eggs.

Well, the best part of the whole guide however, is indeed, the plans and the construction part of the coop itself, and that is the reason why I bought it.

I must tell you that I am neither a specially handyman type, nor have a lot of DIY experiences. Sure, I can measure, saw, drill and hammer, but probably not any better than you, if you are reading this right now. It requires only basic tools, and I would like to tell you that if I could build a pretty decent coop with my average skills, for some of you, this will just be another simple few-hour project.

The construction plans are very easy to understand even for beginners, and I could just print it out in full color after downloading it from the members site.

     
"A Must Read Book"
The level of detail is just right, from a list of the color of the egg you might expect from you hen to a description of healthy hen’s poop!

If you follow his tips, your happy hens will be very productive

 
TracyAnn
Devon, UK
 

Upon completion of my own coop, it appeared to be a miracle considering my skills, and the whole process only took two weekends for me. My coop is quite amazing and it even collects the eggs, and my wife and children are very impressed about it.

Now I’m re-reading all the books (there are extra free bonuses) to learn more about keeping and raising chickens.

Overall, I have to say that whether you’re a complete beginner like me and working on a small budget, or an expert with more funds available, you will find this book unbeatable and second to none.

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Chickens adopt pretty well do different environments, and they are not very picky when it comes to their homes. Building your own is easier than it seems, especially with a well laid out set of plans. If you are not a highly experienced builder, you may want to consider purchasing one of the DIY guides.

Some of the things you need to check before purchasing one of these guides are complete list of supplies, They should include a complete list of supplies which will save you trips to the lumber yard and hardware store. If you have some basic building experience, you would not have any problem handling it on your own.

 
 
 
 
 
Chicken Tractor Plans - How to Build A Tractor
 

Having chickens in your backyard is a fun and exciting hobby and it is also very rewarding and affordable. Chickens are quite fascinating birds to watch and getting fresh eggs every time is a bonus to it all. Although it is not the easiest thing to raise c hickens, building a chicken tractor can make it a lot easier for you.

 

You can move your chicken tractor around once in every few days so that your chickens will always have fresh ground and you will not have to deal with the manure problems that standard coops often have.

The most common design of a tractor is A-shape. Standard 6 x 4 feet hen houses will fit about 6-7 birds, and it is small enough to be moved around easily by one person. There are many different designs for sale online, and by looking at a few of these, you will get a good idea of different features you can adopt to your own when building it.

The building of the chicken tractor takes place outside and will be situated on the ground.  In order to prevent against insects and decomposing of the wood, it is required to use pressure treated lumber.  The force of the triangle walls will be supplied by 2x4 boards for both ends, and will also need runners that connect between the points for each set.   On the sides, two more boards are used to provide stability for the floor of the tractor.  Not only can the sides provide support of the floor, but if they are lengthened past the ends of the ark, it can also be used as handles.

When building the floor, only one pressure treated lumber is needed; this is the same for building the roof.  A rectangular hole in the middle of the tractor should be removed cautiously and used for a ramp.  Both sides of the tractors need to have hinges attached to them.  For efficiency, if one of the sides of the roof also has a hinge, it can allow the ease of retrieving all the eggs from the tractor.  There is another way to add to the efficiency of accessing eggs; with materials that can be found around your home, one can achieve this by attaching a metal sliding portion on the roof. 

Now, most of the difficult part of building chicken tractor is complete.  At the bottom of the tractor, adding the chicken wire is the final step.  Of course, it is an option to p ersonalize the tractor with paint, or you can leave it as is.  Congratulations on building your first chicken tractor – the next one is always easier to build!

 
 
 
 
Chicken Coops - What To Feed Your Chickens
 
Once your Chicken Tractor is built and your chickens are selected, you would probably want to know how to keep them happy and healthy. Similar to us, chickens need enough supply of clean water, and it is probably the most important thing there is to keep them healthy. This is especially essential if you want them to lay their eggs. Providing vitamins(water soluble) with water is a great idea to supplement their diet.
 

You should try to change the water twice a day, if not, at least once a day, as it is the minimum for the health of these birds. However, like humans, the amount of water they need depends on the other factors such as the climate, temperature, and humidity. When you are building a chicken tractor you should try to put the water containers above the ground, which will protect it from being spoiled by the chicken. Chicken food should be the ones that are recognized at the local pet stores, and make sure the quality is there to ensure the health and productivity of your birds. Mixed corn and layers pellets are the two major types of feed, and you can mix those two together to optimize the benefit of both.


Adequate amount will be about a handful per chicken in the morning and half of it per chicken in the evening. This will only add up to about $1 per month per bird, which is extremely affordable. It is important to make sure that the food gets evenly distributed between chickens. Although it is not as easy as it sounds, you should try to keep the best peace among your chickens to ensure they are sharing the food and no one is bullying any other!


A small note is that do not ever feed the chickens a random food out of your own kitchen. This will not only spoil chickens, but also most likely not provide all the sufficient minerals and nutrients that they need. Chicken feed is optimized to balance all the nutrients for the chickens, so it will be a good idea to stick to the chicken feed to ensure their health and therefore the good and consistent number of eggs you find in your chicken tractor.


Lastly, getting some grit into your chicken tractor is another very important thing.  You can make your own grits by roasting egg shells in the oven. Roast them until they’re dark and crunchy, then just grind them, put it into your chicken tractor.