Materials List for Chicken Tractor
2x3x8 Quantity 18
Hinges Quantity 2 (make sure the hinge pin isn’t removable)
Metal Quantity 16’ Sheet cut at time of installation
Metal screws Quantity 25
Chicken wire Quantity 32 foot
Wire on Door Quantity (can be chicken wire) Approx size 7’ x 4’
Screws Quantity 2 Boxes 3” deck screws
Staples Quantity 1 Box (poultry staples)
Wheels Quantity 2 from Harbor Freight – solid wheels
Axles Quantity 2 ½” by 6” Carriage bolts
Washer Quantity 16 ½” flat washer
Nuts Quantity 6
Plastic 24’ x 24” – cut to length during install
- Make door the size of your metal.
- Extended arm for door should be 3” shorter than height from the ground to the top of the tractor. This will enable the door to open in tall grass.
- Cut your supports for the walls at 21.5”. This will give you a little wiggle room with the chicken wire.
- Install a block for you axel and add a nut with a washer to the outside so that the axle doesn’t sag.
- Stack enough washers on the axel to ensure the wheel doesn’t rub the frame.
- On the sides, measure the distance of where you want the door to land and eliminate one upright support on either side.
- Consider buying 2 or 4 extra 2×3’s in order to run them diagonally to increase the lateral support. This would be in lieu of the vertical supports or in addition to them. If I did another one, I would add a the cross brace from the top where the door lands to the bottom where the wheel is located. If you are using metal on the side, this is not necessary.
- Consider metal on the sides. This will increase the rigidity of the frame.
- This may be hard to visualize and if so email me and I’ll figure out another way to explain this… On the next tractor I build, I will have the outside walls on the outside of the front and rea wall. This will enable you to use the existing vertical supports to hold you waterer. I didn’t do this and I needed to install blocks to accept the waterer.
If you can think of some suggestions, please email me so we can share them with everyone. Every tractor I built is very close to this design but I’m always looking to make them better.
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