Farming forum: Turn a riding lawnmower crate into a chicken tractor

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Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Jun 6, 2014 11:02 AM CST
Here is the front corner of the tractor. See the packing sticker with a drawing of the assembled lawnmower?

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The sides I lined with hardware cloth (metal mesh). Corners are screwed together with 2 1/2" screws. I had the screws and hardware cloth from a previous project.

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I added a couple of 45' angled braces and made a slightly larger removable lid out of scrap pallet parts and a couple of pieces of wood. Vinyl roofing on the back walls for weather protection and on the roof as well. I added screws wherever the factory staples were and there was too much flex.
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I only have about $35.00 total into this project and since the crate and pallets were made from oak. The whole thing is hardwood not pine. Hardwood lasts a lot longer than pine outside. I might add some pressure treated fence boards along the sides lift the whole thing up 1 1/2"and screw them on. This way the oak never touches the ground.

7' long and 5' wide. That's 35sq. ft. Plenty of room for the 6 five week old geese in there now.
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Birds Pollen collector Plant and/or Seed Trader Farmer Daylilies
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Dayjillymo
Jun 6, 2014 12:43 PM CST
Great idea! Looks like a lovely summer home for your young geese.
Name: Phillip
brayton tn. (Zone 7b)
Region: United States of America Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1
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homeshow
Jun 6, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Here are the new tenants in the tractor.
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