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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chicken (Rabbit) Tractor from Upscaled Stuff Laying around the Garage

Our four pullets feathered bunnies, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and P.J. Funnybunny, were really outgrowing the 33-gallon tub they were living in in our basement, so Shelly asked me (Jaimie) to build her a "chicken bunny tractor".  (We can have four rabbits in town, as opposed to two chickens, so they're feathered bunnies.)  So, we called our friends Tony and Nicole for guidance, since they have been keeping feathered critters for a while (out in the country where they can be chickens).  They came over today and Tony lent his expertise (and built the coop - I just dug out the materials and put on the chicken wire).  I originally thought we would need a trip to the lumber yard, but Tony spotted some old bunk bed ends that Shelly had planned to use as trellises.  That solved the framing problem.

With some other reclaimed lumber and a cabinet door we had removed when we installed our dishwasher,  the coop was completed in about two hours.

Here are the girls enjoying their new home for the first time:

As you can see, it's very portable, even without wheels.

And the girls love it!

We can't wait for them to begin laying!  We still need to put on roofing and paint, but it's functional now. 

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