Build a PVC Chicken Tractor

| 8/8/2014 12:57:00 PM

Tags: DIY, Chicken Tractor, Lacy Razor,

News From Razor Family FarmsNeed a chicken tractor that's light-weight, inexpensive, and easy to disassemble and reassemble? Look no further. Now you can start your own backyard grass-fed poultry operation as we did on a small-scale farm in Georgia. Here are instructions and plenty of photographs so that you can make them, too.

finished chicken tractor

a good view

After reading every book Joel Salatin wrote and following countless blogs detailing the joys of raising meat birds, we were ready to wave goodbye to the military, buy a bigger farm, and set up camp as full-time grass-fed poultry farmers. Of course, we came back to our senses and realized that Josh was only a few years shy of reaching retirement (20 years). That retirement would set us up with a steady paycheck and health care, which Josh had already spent more than a decade working toward. We could still make and use a chicken tractor though.

feed and water

Having viewed countless chicken tractors (click here to see a gallery of chicken tractors), we concluded that none of them were quite right for our purposes. They were either too heavy and bulky or ridiculously flimsy. Some of them failed to offer the birds covered perches, others failed to provide protection from the elements, and most were not easy on the budget or the eye.

6/19/2016 7:53:04 PM

What keeps the chickens in this tractor run and the predators out? It seems to be open where the canopy is.

4/4/2016 11:25:57 AM

Love this plan but a parts list would be very helpful. How many t's, corner pieces etc.... and how big this pen is. I need 1 big enough to include a small kiddie pool for my ducks. Thanks Dana

8/12/2015 9:17:22 AM

I like how you did the 3-way joints! I used T's in my similar design. In the tractor I designed and built, I also have a secure metal house to lock up my birds. See my free plans at

4/10/2015 9:20:51 AM

Hi Lacy! I'm Rima Austin, I also write a blog for Grit. I am where you and your husband were, I'm sure, not too long ago. I am researching chicken coops, etc. because I am about to add chickens to my new farm. I LOVE what your husband came up with. I do have a question and hope maybe you guys might have some insight. I live at the base of a mountain and the outskirts of a cove in middle/eastern Tennessee. Coyotes are really bad here, as well as other predators to chickens such as possums and racoons. I know that PVC is kind of lightweight, do you run into predators trying to get in underneath or anything? Also, do you put your chickens up at night in another coop? I am new at this and coming into this completely green. :) -Rima

susan berry
8/16/2014 9:23:06 AM

Would it be possible for you to post an itemized materials list? I am trying to create one from your photos but not easily. Thank you, Susan Berrty

8/15/2014 12:15:07 PM

Nicely done. Simple and easy to build.

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