The Ultimate Backyard Chicken Tractor

Build a chicken tractor and your chickens can forage on fresh ground every day.


| September/October 2014


In a perfect world, our chickens would be able to free-range all of the time, eating grass, bugs and seeds to their heart’s content. Unfortunately, chickens are rather low on the food chain and prove easy targets for predators. After losing a few of my birds to some foxes, I knew it was time to consider an enclosure for them.

I wanted an easy-to-build, inexpensive portable pen that would keep them safe from predators. It would need a nest box, roost, and a place to hang a feeder while providing them shade and protection from the elements. It would also need easy access in order to feed, water and collect eggs, and be easily movable for one person. I also wanted to be able to break it down for winter storage.

After piecing all of these requirements together, the resulting chicken tractor I constructed is based on a series of six panels and a nest box. The panels are connected with loose pin hinges for quick assembly and disassembly.

Tools

• Tape measure
• Wire cutters
• Table saw or Skilsaw
• Radial arm saw, jigsaw, or crosscut hand saw
• Screw gun with Phillips bit
• 6-inch speed square

Binders & Hardware

• Exterior wood glue
• 3/4-inch drywall screws — 1 pound
• 1-inch drywall screws — 1 pound
• 1 1/4-inch drywall screws — 2 pounds
• 2-inch drywall screws — 4
• 3-inch drywall screws — 4
• Exterior paint and primer
• 1 set of 2-inch hinges
• 1 hook and eye latch
• 9 sets of 3-inch loose pin hinges

Instructions  

Gather and cut all wood according to the materials list.

AnnieGaddis
6/26/2016 7:29:02 PM

Would have liked to see a video of it being moved (on your FB page). Also, that looks waaay too heavy for ME to move (I'm 68/yo).






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