Chicken Tractor’s Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks for reading our frequently asked questions page! Our intention is to make this a comprehensive database of every question we have been asked, and hopefully answer every query you may have …..
Since the chicken tractors are 92 cm tall, how do I collect the eggs?
All of our chicken tractors are 92 cm tall.
All of our chicken tractors are 92cm tall. We do this for several reasons –
- chickens are only 30 – 40cm tall, so any extra height is dead space.
- the taller the coop the more it weighs and thus the more difficult it is to move
- the 92cm height packs well and can be freighted more easily than taller models.
Now, the Backyard and Standard models have a door at either end – one door is for the chickens to walk in and out and the other end is for you to have access to the eggs.
Access to the laying area inside the Master and Jumbo is through the roof of the shed end which is hinged. As long as your armpits are 92cm off the ground and your arms are 60cm long, then everything you need is in easy reach.
What exactly does ‘flat packed’ mean?
We manufacture each chicken tractor out of a series of panels –
A Jumbo or Master has 7 panels. A Standard or Backyard has 5 panels.
Each panel already has the mesh, Colorbond, doors and hinges, latches and all the other components already attached. Around the edges of each panel we have pre-drilled bolt holes and assembly just involves lining up the bolt holes and tightening the bolts.
How long does it take to assemble?
What tools do I need?
I’ve misplaced the instructions that came with the package. Can I get another copy?
When can you ship my order?
How big is the flatpacked chicken tractor?
A Jumbo model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 272cm L x 92cm W x 28cm H and weighs 200kgs.
A Master model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 272cm L x 92cm W x 28cm H and weighs 150kgs.
A Standard model is sent to you in 6 boxes. Four large boxes and 2 smaller boxes.
Will it fit on my trailer / ute?
Can I carry it on my roofracks?
Will it fit in the back of my van?
Where is my local depot?
Please take a look at our freight page. Freight depots are indicated by different colour markers and even if there is no depot convenient to you please contact us and we can discuss it with our various freight providers. Almost every reasonable sized town has at least one depot and generally speaking we should know someone who can deliver to a location convenient to you.
Can I pick it up from your factory?
Can I collect if from one of the field days you attend?
I cannot collect it from a depot, I need to have it delivered to my door.
Well I live miles from any of these depots and I still need it delivered to my door – and I don’t care what it costs.
What about custom models?
We do not do custom models. Let me explain – we manufacture hundreds of chicken tractors each year and therefore we have become quite efficient allowing us to produce them at a reasonable cost. Any deviation from the norm results in a much slower production rate. The kind of changes we can make would be adding another door into the meshed sides, or doubling the length of a chicken tractor. The kind of things we cannot do is make a chicken tractor 30 cm taller than normal or 30 cm narrower as this changes the raw materials we need to use and changes the way the chicken tractor flat-packs.