Farmer girl, farmer boy and I just finished the chicken tractor, also called a movable coop, last weekend. It is the newest addition to TFF. We have a new flock of 14 poults in the brooder who are almost ready to move to the permanent coop so we had to move our rooster and six layers to make room for the new ones. We moved the layers and the rooster, Sexi Lexi, into the tractor on Sunday. The plan is that they will spend the rest of their lives living in the tractor when they are not free ranging. They have spent two nights inside and are doing fine. The tractor is moved by tilting it up onto wheels mounted at one end. It’s difficult, but not impossible, to move by yourself. It helps to have two people. The lower level is a floorless run that allows the chickens access to dirt, grass, weeds and bugs. The upper level is the roost that they stay in at night. The floor of the roost box slides out for easy cleaning and there are two nest boxes with an exterior door for collecting each day’s eggs. Right now we have 6 hens in there with Lexi and they don’t seem crowded.
The coop also boasts a skylight, interior ventilation and easy-access perches both inside and out.