Chicken Tractor coop caravan with all the trimmings
This is probably the strangest lot you will look at today. It is a chicken coop on wheels, with everything you need to keep chickens and protect them from foxes. The caravan isn't exactly pretty, but the chickens dont care. It is structurally sound and tows well. Read on...
I did a chicken raising course at the Food Forest http://www.foodforest.com.au/ (highly recommended). They had a chicken tractor there and I decided to build one since Dean at the One Tree Hill Fodder store was telling me about people that come into him with their kids in tears because their chickens got taken by a fox, and he said it keeps happening. I wanted to get chickens but wanted to look after them.
The chicken tractor idea works by housing the chicken during the night, and they are safe during the day thanks to a portable electric fence that is powered by solar cells on the roof of the caravan. So they dont live in the "chicken tractor" they free range, protected, and use the caravan for kicking back, sleeping, and laying eggs. My idea was to keep the caravan in one spot and move the fence all around it until they had scarified all the ground, then I could use under the caravan for a vege garden (the poo drops through the mesh holes). Then tow/push the caravan to another location and do it all again.
All of the chicken caravan stuff is new and hasn?t been used except for the caravan. I'm only selling it becuase I am moving somewhere small. I did lots of research to work out what I needed to ensure the safety of the chickens and the best supply of eggs. I was thinking of having it as a semi-commercial endeavour as ?real? free range eggs go for $5.50-$6.00. When I had chickens previously, I averaged 12 eggs per day out of 13 chickens (for the whole year). They paid for themselves and turn kitchen scraps into instant vege garden food. Red Isa are good (and very friendly). They make good pets too.
Even though I put a huge amount of work into it, ripping out the insides of a caravan and fitting all the mesh, I?m moving house and just want to get back some of the money I put into the add-ons (I'd rather not split it up).
What is included is:
? Caravan (used; everything else is new)
? Galvanised mesh and brackets
? Shadecloth - to cover the roof of the caravan (if it is needed on hot days).
? 2 x Grandpa?s feeders (http://www.grandpasfeeders.com.au/)
? 10 hole Nesting Box - The eggs, after laid, ?roll away? into the trays at the front so the chickens don?t Brood (sit on the eggs waiting for them to hatch). (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FAMOUS-10-HOLE-ROLL-AWAY-FREE-RANGE-NEST-BOX-CLEAN-WHOLE-EGGS-UP-50-HENS-/322366781276?hash=item4b0e8eb75c)
? Galvanised bin with feed
? Water feeder
? Portable solar cells with solar controller (12V 120W) (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-120W-Folding-Solar-Panel-Kit-Caravan-Boat-Camping-Power-Mono-Charging-Home-/201744833803?hash=item2ef8eddd0b:g:K6oAAOSwojRYSsX~)
? Daken Electric energiser (https://www.clarkfarmequipment.com.au/product/20/70602D-BT50-Energiser) use for mesh and/or up to 50km of electric fencing
? 2 x rolls Electric mesh fencing.
? I did quite a bit of research and this is apparently the best, with holes small enough to keep chickens in. See their web site for details and useful articles on chickens (http://www.allsun.com.au/Electranets.html)
? Raising Chickens book