Build a PVC Chicken Tractor


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.

3/6/2020 12:26:54 PM

A little, VERY, pertinent information would have been EXTREMELY helpful!! PVC pipe size?? Size of your tractor. Specific ‘ingredient’ list of EVERYTHING that is required to make your tractor. TOTAL COST of EVERYTHING that is required to make your tractor.

4/22/2019 8:10:26 AM

How mobile is this unit? Our 2 tractors are made with the gray pvc pipe which is sturdier and hardware fabric wire on sides, 1x2 wire on top and bottom. We used the entire lengths of pipe for sides, 36” for the end and front with a door, and tarped on the front half. Each will hold six standard chickens or 10 bantams comfortably, along with two lay8ng baskets, and a water bucket. We ground feed them. The tractors are moved easily daily empty when the crew is let out to free-range. After five prototypes of wood with wheels with chicken wire, one a triangle configuration, and some other flimsy failures over 20 years, this is the model we landed on 8 years ago and they will be functional for another 10 at least. Love my tractors and my chickens.
5/15/2018 7:58:01 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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