Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chicken Tractors: Version 2 with Assembly Process: Pt2

For the time being, I haven't fully enclosed the nest box, but it needs to be done.  Access is from the roost.  If you don't enclose it, it will become a roost, also.

Drill and string the ramp and bring the rope up and set aside to complete once the sides are installed.  Assume enough rope to go to the top and return back to the bottom:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Ramp pull detail

Using 3/16" x 1-1/4" fender washers with 1-5/8" exterior screws I install 1" x 1" x 24" galvanized fence to each long side:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Screening detail

Chicken tractor assembly:  Screening detail

Chicken tractor assembly:  Screening detail

Chicken tractor assembly:  Framing and Screening detail

I used 1/2" exterior CDX plywood for the sides on this unit.  The ramp pull side has the rope pulled through a simple hole near the top.  Keep the rope close to the side inside, so it doesn't interfere with the roosting chickens.  I use a knot to prevent the rope going inside any further than what's needed to fully lower the ramp:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Ramp pull and siding detail

Continue with the remaining 2 sides:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Screening and siding complete

Chicken tractor assembly:  Ready for lower roof and front door

The rear doors are assembled and installed:


Chicken tractor assembly:  Coop interior detail



Chicken tractor assembly:  Rear doors attached.  This box will ultimately have two nesting boxes, on two levels.


Chicken tractor assembly:  View in the lower door

Chicken tractor assembly:  View in the upper door



The front door is assembled with 2" x 2" framing and the same 1" x 1" fencing:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Front door installed.  Access to the hanging feeder





Next installed is the hardware for the feeder:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Feeder detail

Chicken tractor assembly:  Feeder hanging hardware

Now the roof panels.  Shown first is the self-drilling fastener with neoprene washer and the driver used to install it:

Chicken tractor assembly:  Roofing fastener and driver


Chicken tractor assembly:  The upper roof installed

Chicken tractor assembly:  The upper roof, side view

Chicken tractor assembly:  Lower roof ready for fastening

A simple block to secure the ramp at night:


Chicken tractor assembly:  Ramp hold.  Best yet.  :-)

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