Tractor roof

12/08/2008 at 9:13 pm (animals)

So I was having trouble trying to figure out how to do my chicken tractor’s roof on the side I wanted to open.

But last night I figured it out, and this afternoon I put it together!
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I was going to have two pieces the lower half hinged so that it would flip up to allow access to the nest boxes and to allow cleaning.

The problem with that is that the roof will leak where the joint is. Some friends of ours (whose chicken tractors were a great inspiration for mine) suggested using an old bicycle inner tube to cover the joint.

But I was convinced that there had to be a simpler way. And then it dawned on me.

Make it so that the upper half overlaps the bottom half by a bit, and then make it so that the lower half just slides in and out allowing access to the coop!

So that’s what I did. You can see the lower half in the closed position in the above photo.

In the first photo below you can see the shim I placed under the upper half of the roof that allows the lower half to slide in. And in the second photo below you can see the pieces of wood that keep the lower half from sliding off.

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chickentractor5I hope it works as well as I think it should. It was raining a bit ago so I should go check and see!

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1 Comment

  1. Brenda said,

    The coop is coming along great! What a creative idea! I’ll look forward to seeing the chickens in their new home.

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