Counselors in Training Program 1: Chicken Tractor Building

So, we have some lovely chickens, which means it is time to build them a house at camp. I decided on building them a triangular chicken coop, with a nightly hutch off the ground so predators cannot get in. We are at camp, and I know we have foxes, raccoon, and neighbor dogs to contend with here. However, I still wanted to give the chickens free range field access.  So, I drew up these chicken coop plans for use in a program with our Counselors in Training (Juniors and Seniors in high school next year).

These are the CIT 2's helping me with coop framing.

,  These are the CIT 2’s helping me with coop framing.

They were tremendously helpful in framing the coop, and helping to hold and use the screw. We didn’t make as much progress as we had hoped for though, as I failed at my trigonometry, and called for cutting the wrong angles.

Framing up the middle strut for the coop bottom

Framing up the middle strut for the coop bottom

By the end of the programming session, we had the base on the coop part of the tractor, with all of the struts up. Which was 2.5 hours of work! This process took a lot longer than I expected!

Hutch base attached

Hutch base attached

The coop is 8-9 inches above the ground, so the chickens can still hide under it in the shade on bad days. The sides of it were constructed with airflow vents at the top (sealed off with 1/2″ hardware cloth). There was a door cut into the side of the inside triangle that allows for easy entry and exit into the coop area for the night.

Triangular pieces with air flow vents

Triangular pieces with air flow vents

That is all for now. Hopefully will have more stuff later.

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