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#1 2013-12-12 22:26:05

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2013-07-08
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Oiloa traktor

Kaixo denori,

Rookie here is seeking some guidance in building a traktor. I intend to have for the moment 6-8 hens. Of course I'd like to have more in the future but right now, I am a full time student and I am renting the place. Do any of you have building plans that would be useful? I have looked in the internet and I am skeptical. I currently live in Durham North Carolina.

Eskerrik asko!

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#2 2013-12-12 22:56:43

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Re: Oiloa traktor

The moveable "ark"  style of tractor works very well for 3-4 hens. 6-8 could get crowded if they had to stay in it full time. The tractors are nice if you have grassed yard area to keep moving them onto. It keeps them from burning (grazing) the grass down to bare dirt. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/buil … z2nIuVJsII

Yes, young paduan, what you need is two of these, with 3 hens in each and a nice rooster to switch from one to the other!!! :thumbs:

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#3 2013-12-12 23:00:50

Maggiesdad
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Laster, txitoak hainbeste izango da!

Askoz barreak!

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#4 2013-12-12 23:04:07

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Re: Oiloa traktor

Good advice MD. I agree 100%. Two with 4 birds would be perfect. When you say "ark type" is that the A-Frame type with a covered area on one end?

I love the term "oiloa traktor". I have 2 so far and am working to convince my DH I need about 4 more, they make great summer rooster pens.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#5 2013-12-12 23:13:34

poplar girl
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Maggiesdad wrote:

Laster, txitoak hainbeste izango da!

Askoz barreak!

Good thing for google translate :surfing:

aarzuaga more is almost always better =D


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#6 2013-12-12 23:28:27

Maggiesdad
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Euskal chicks are just so darned cute... :chairhide:

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#7 2013-12-12 23:59:03

aarzuaga
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Re: Oiloa traktor

:thanks: MILA ESKER BI..... Hopefully yes many more. =D One day I'll have my little homestead paradise.
How do you say LOL is Euskera? I am done with school work tomorrow and I will get on this during the weekend. I cant wait. Poplar, google translate is a great way to learn Euskera, at least for the basics. I've been at it for a few years with books, radio stations, and the google translate. =D We need an Icon for the Basque Country flag- Ikurrinia.

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#8 2013-12-13 00:53:57

poplar girl
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Re: Oiloa traktor

:ikurrina:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#9 2013-12-13 00:59:53

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
Registered: 2011-07-05
Posts: 649

Re: Oiloa traktor

PG,

You ROCK!!!


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#10 2013-12-13 01:28:01

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
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Re: Oiloa traktor

WHAT??? PG gure txapelduna. Aurrera neska!! OSO ONDOOOOOOO :excited: Gora :ikurrina: :goodthread: :xmas:

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#11 2013-12-13 01:53:23

Maggiesdad
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Re: Oiloa traktor

who knew? Basque   :chook: :chook: :chook: bringing the world a little closer together!  :ikurrina: :Canada: :union jack: :US:

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#12 2013-12-13 02:24:00

aarzuaga
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Re: Oiloa traktor

I freaking love this forum. Hopefully one day after you guys figure out the breed standard on this side of the pond, we can have a Euskal Oiloa show or something and we can meet there. It will be a lot of :roadtrip: but it will be fun
:ikurrina::Canada::union jack::US::thanks:

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#13 2013-12-13 02:54:58

poplar girl
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Re: Oiloa traktor

=D :happycrowd" :EO:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#14 2013-12-13 04:04:49

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Oiloa traktor

:wine: =D

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#15 2013-12-14 00:41:06

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Welcome!

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#16 2013-12-14 03:04:11

aarzuaga
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Re: Oiloa traktor

ROOKIE HERE AGAIN :huh: Do I have to worry about the cold here is North Carolina? :cozy: :snowman: In other words, when building my traktor, do I need insulation. I am sure I do not, but I want to be sure. Another thing I want to be sure of: =D  Should I use wood from pallets to build my traktor? I am guessing no if they are treated wood. :duh:

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#17 2013-12-14 13:22:09

Maggiesdad
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Re: Oiloa traktor

The Basques should be fine down to the mid teens Farenheit, in my experience. My girls, and the lesser cockerels, sleep with their head under their wings. The alpha cocks will sleep with their heads out on watch and a few times they have gotten their comb points nipped by frostbite.  Most important is that they are dry and well ventilated. You don't want the moisture they exhale condensing on them.

So, no insulation. Especially not the blue foam kind! They love to eat that stuff...

Pallets are great for repurposing if you've got access to them. Rock on!

I hatched some Black Coppers for my brother this Spring. And because of limited space they got to run wild all summer. As a result, I've got two pullets that think they still get to go to roost in the open air. Instead of chasing them in the evening, I just wait 'til after dark to go lift them from their favorite spot and set them into the coop with the others... It's funny to see them there with their heads tucked under and a layer of frost crystals across their backs. And their feet are always toasty warm!

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#18 2013-12-14 16:41:11

aarzuaga
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Eskerrik asko. Now I have to see if these pallets are pressure treated, make sure they don't have any junk on them. I have about six pallets, I'd hate for them to go to waste.

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#19 2013-12-14 17:31:35

Maggiesdad
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Treated lumber is for soil contact, I don't think the pallet's lifespan warrants the extra cost of pressure treating... All the pallets I've run across in construction were plain wood.

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#20 2013-12-14 17:36:40

Maggiesdad
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#21 2013-12-14 20:05:16

aarzuaga
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Re: Oiloa traktor

Eskerrik asko. :thanks: I have about six pallets that i got for free and from looking at these links, and your comment, I think they are ok for use; or at least what to look for. Two of the pallets have markings and one of them says its heat treated, which is ok. The other one, I'll have to research, but I think its ok. I can get more pallets. If only it would stop raining so I can get out there and do something.

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