So, this is not going to be a how to post to explain how I did this because I didn't. I intended too, but hubby took over. If I did it it would be prettier but he made it and its 100% functional so that is good enough! In the future I think we should work as a team more on these projects though....
Anyway here it is:
Now this is NOT predator proof, but where we live there are NO predators other than my dog, and he recognizes that its a Shadow Free Zone! This is also NOT perfect... You can see gaps in it, but we will just say that is for added ventilization ;) If it proves to be an issue I can always put a board in back to seal it up around the top!!
How did we build this for under $25? Easy
Cull lumber (for frame) 4 for $2
Clearance Chicken Wire 2 rolls for $8
Wood for coop leftover from other projects (and we deconstructed the rabbit house for wood since my beloved bella passed away in December)
The coop is probably less than 20 lbs, which if you have predators in your area could be a problem, but if your like me and don't than its awesome because even a child could move them around!
This tractor is SMALL! I wouldn't keep more than 2 birds in it, 3 bantams would be possible but I wouldn't do it because I like mine to have more room.
This tractor is ideal for:
2. Broody Hen
3. Mama Hen with Chicks
4. Sick Birds
5. A couple bantams
The black and white chicken shown is a hamburg, she is of laying age which means she shouldn't get bigger, this run is okay for a couple birds around her size full grown as a permanent housing option!
Since the run part is fairly small I expect to move this every day or every other day.