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Thomas Partridge
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.

Peter Hartman wrote:I am using it for ducks and they prefer the ground. It is tall enough that I could add nesting boxes with a roost over top.



Do What would you need to make it work for rabbits beyond a layer of hardware cloth at the bottom? We are undecided on what we would want to run in the orchard and it might end up being rabbits.
Peter Hartman
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.

I am using it for ducks and they prefer the ground. It is tall enough that I could add nesting boxes with a roost over top.
Thomas Partridge
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.

Peter Hartman wrote:I kept 5 in here and would move it once every 24 hours. I could do 10 moving it 2 times a day. I also think I could scale this up maybe 50% and still keep it easy enough to move with one person. Beyond that it would take some kind tractor to move.



I suppose it is personal preference in how much space each animal has, but even then you are talking about a maximum of 15 birds moving it twice a day with them having perhaps 2-4 square feet per bird. Does the design include roosting bars and nest boxes? I watched it at work so I had it on mute but I didn't really see either (looked like 1/4 of the inside was filled with a 5 gallon bucket waterer).

I ask because we are in the process of trying to design another tractor that we can use in the orchard for a handful of our birds and we are looking for ideas.
Peter Hartman
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.

I kept 5 in here and would move it once every 24 hours. I could do 10 moving it 2 times a day. I also think I could scale this up maybe 50% and still keep it easy enough to move with one person. Beyond that it would take some kind tractor to move.
Thomas Partridge
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.

That is a really cool design.

The problem is the size though. In a lot of places (my state for example) people are required to purchase at least 6 chicks so really the minimum coop needs to be able to support at least 5 or 6 full grown chickens. That design would be great for three chickens (or perhaps four or five bantams) or maybe two ducks.

A lot of these tractors have really cool designs but if you have ten or more chickens you really either need a stationary coop or an actual tractor to pull your mega chicken tractor. I tried building one for the ducks one time and by the time I got it stable to last a season with our sometimes rough terrain it was too heavy to move by myself. Now it has been converted into a lean to.

Peter Hartman
Post     Subject: Check out this Chicken/duck house The wheels are levers.