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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 92cm tall. We do this for several reasons –

  1. chickens are only 30 – 40cm tall, so any extra height is dead space.
  2. the taller the coop the more it weighs and thus the more difficult it is to move
  3. the 92cm height packs well and can be freighted more easily than taller models.

Now, the Backyard and Standard model has 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 has 11 panels. A Backyard has 8 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?

About 60 minutes for a Backyard or Standard, 90 minutes for a Master or Jumbo.

What tools do I need?

Metal tin snip cutters to cut the metal strips off the flat pack. A set of spanners is needed to tighten the bolts that hold the panels together, and a drill with a 5/16″ hex drive is needed for the handles and privacy screen. All fasteners are supplied and holes are pre-drilled.

I’ve misplaced the instructions that came with the package. Can I get another copy?

Email us at admin@thechickentractor.com.au  and we’ll get an electronic copy to you immediately,

When can you ship my order?

Under normal circumstances, we have all three of our basic models (Backyard / Standard / Master / Jumbo) in stock at all times. All chicken tractors will be dispatched within 2 – 5 working days. Also, please note that as a small business, if we are at a trade show, the factory will be closed and we won’t be able to ship your order until we get back. If you need your chicken tractor urgently call us on 0425 751 794.

How big is the flat packed chicken tractor?

When shipped.

A Jumbo model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 272cm L x 92cm W x 30cm H and weighs 200kgs.

A Master model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 272cm L x 92cm W x 30cm H and weighs 150kgs.

A Standard model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 136cm L x 92cm W x 41cm H and weighs 125kg.

A Backyard model is sent to you on an oversized pallet which measures 136cm L x 92cm W x cm 35cm H and weighs 99kg.

Will it fit on my trailer / ute?

It will fit on almost any ute or trailer – just remember to have a couple of good ropes or tie-down straps, and a flag for the overhang if you have a dual-cab ute.

Can I carry it on my roof racks?

Tradies roof racks, yes. Roof racks on your sedan, no.

Will it fit in the back of my van?

No, although I have had customers collect it in the back of vans but I would not recommend it. It takes a fair effort to push one of the packs into a van through the rear door.

Where is my local depot?

Please take a look at our freight page. Click the top left of the map to choose your State. Select your State. A depot listing will appear. To show more depot listings, click on the arrow down symbol. To retract the menu, click top left of the map. Search for your nearest depot. Click on the markers for depot details. Note : These prices are for all our models – Backyard, Standard. Master and Jumbo. Keep in mind, freight will vary when you have multiple items. 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?

By appointment only.

Can I collect if from one of the field days you attend?

We attend several field days and trade shows each year – see our Facebook Page for details of where we are. When we travel to these shows we are only too happy to bring your orders along with us and normally there will be no freight charge. So, if you live between our factory and a field day site, or if you are going to a field day and want to meet us there – place your order online and discuss it with us. (Please note if you want to collect a chicken tractor from us on a field day it will either need to be before or after the day as we cannot leave our stand and wander off to the car park in the middle of the day).

I cannot collect it from a depot, I need to have it delivered to my door.

We can deliver it to your door but it can be expensive. The central problem is Occupational Health and Safety Legislation. Somehow it has been decided that the average Aussie man cannot lift more than 25 kg or he might hurt himself. (Anything heavier than a slab of beer is strictly off-limits). Therefore a depot or business location where it can be unloaded by mechanical means. If you are unable to pick up from a depot or business because you do not have a trailer, then I can arrange a taxi-truck or equivalent to get it to you. Taxi-truck operators (being self-employed) are generally more flexible, and can arrange jobs on a case-by-case basis.

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.

OK – contact us and give us your exact location. We can arrange a taxi truck to deliver anything anywhere. Even if you live 300 km west of Lightning Ridge we’ll find some way of getting it there.

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 thing 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.

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