How to build a chicken tractor | Living the Country Life

How to build a chicken tractor

The perks of raising poultry go beyond meat and eggs. If you build a chicken tractor, you'll have mobile pest controllers and fertilizers.

Radio interview source: Rich McGinnis, Co-Owner, DIY Chicken Coops

We had a coop to put our chickens in at night, but let them free range around the barnyard during the day. We'd often lost birds to varmints, so enclosing them inside a chicken tractor would have kept them safer.
Chicken tractors are basically small coops without a floor. Some have wheels, some don't. The units are moved often so chickens always have access to fresh grass and bugs. And the birds leave natural fertilizer behind.

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Comments (6)

rei42728 wrote:
My coop was made on a big wagon. I can see a problem here with this coop. Chickens need a roost. Many things, foxes, coyotes, probably raccoons can dig under this fencing. Coyotes, which are becoming very populated in residentail areas, can tear almost any fencing with their teeth. They tore a bottom from a rabbitt hutch. Coops should be off the ground level. Mine is made of recycled siding of a camper. It is double walled and insulated. One door is the length of the coop end and 6" high so it can be opened and the coop washed out with a hose.
betsy+freese wrote:
Good, practical advice, thanks! -- Betsy
stevete wrote:
Can someone answer this, does it have to be spring when you do this because it is winter time right now and i want to get a baby chick but we have no where to put it so could i make a small one and keep it in the big hallway of the other side of my house in my house?ANSWER PLEASE ASAP!
janet.rybak wrote:
We have no acreage just a house in the city with 5 chickens in the backyard. We get the chicks from the feedstore and raise them in the house till they get to big and make to much of a mess. We use a rubermaid container with a lid while they are really small and just place the top on to let air in - do not seal the the lid! Then we put them in the bathtub until the cold is no longer an issue for them. I do put newspaper down in the tub, and then throw it away every couple of days and wash the tub out clean and repeat. We have the heat on in the house thats about it. We do take them outside each day to get some fresh air. I would suggest getting 2 chicks not just one. That way they have a friend or someone to hang out with and they can keep warm together when small. We love having our chickens and we bribe the neigbors to keep quite with fresh eggs! Oh make sure you get sexed chicks if you want eggs. Enjoy your chickens- Farm girl in Houston, Tx
CindyMMcClellan wrote:
Does anyone have advice for designing a chicken tractor that could be used on unevenly sloped land? I am concerned the uneven terrain could leave enough room for predators to sneak in or chickens to sneak out under the straight bottom edge of the chicken tractor.
ginamarina2 wrote:
I have a question. If you are moving the chickens out of the coop and around the yard in the tractor, where do they lay their eggs? Mine lay eggs in their nest boxes in the coop throughout the day, so I would think having them away from their nest boxes would be a problem. ??