DIY Movable Chicken Runs

Pamper your hens with two movable chicken tractor designs that will give your feathered friends access to fresh forage.

| March/April 2019

Readers, this is the second of 12 basic homestead skills we’ll be presenting throughout the year from Kimberlee Bastien’s new book, 52 Homestead Skills. We invite you to join Kimberlee and her family on their homesteading journey. Visit the homestead skills page to learn more about this series.

Currently, my husband and I free range our feathered friends, which, for the most part, works out great. They can forage for a good portion of their own food, while getting plenty of exercise and stimulation along the way. But there are hidden challenges with free ranging.

In just one day, the young chickens in this chicken tunnel cleared the path to bare dirt. Photo by Kimberlee Bastien.


First, if given a choice, your chickens will spend at least some of their time ranging on your front porch, leaving a welcome mat of droppings for anyone who comes to visit. At some point, you’re guaranteed to accidentally step in it right before you hop in your car or truck and wonder, “What the heck is that nasty smell?”

Your chickens could even decide to range on top of your car, in your garden, or in the middle of the road. They may even try to range themselves right into your house because those chickens are no fools; they know where the food and treats come from. At this point, you really don’t have a choice but to find a way to contain your wayward flock.

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