By Dark Dozens · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jan 14, 2017 · ·
  1. Dark Dozens

    Dark Dozens - The Chicken Tractor


    Building the coop
    The chicken tractor is approximately 7 by 7 feet. The coop section is approximately 3 x 4 feet.
    I used standard and pressure treated lumber to frame the tractor.
    The coop section is made from T1-11 and exterior grade plywood.
    Asphalt shingles and drip edge were used for the roof of the dormer and the nesting box.
    Half inch hardware cloth, poultry fencing, and 2" x 3" galvanized fencing was used to enclose the run.
    10 inch knobby tire wheels were used mobility.
    A 12" x 12" shed window was added for lighting.
    Venting is provided by a ridge vent.
    Something I still need to do:
    I need to add a larger access door to the run.
    Something I would do differently:
    I don't know how, but I would definitely make it lighter.

    Framed chicken tracter with standard 2 x 4's.
    Used T1-11 to make roof of coop.

    Floor of coop was made from standard 2 x 4's and scrap plywood.


    Replaced boards around the bottom with pressured treated lumber.
    Added 10 inch knobby tires and a dormer for
    access to the coop section.

    Added a nesting box and access door
    made from scrap T1-11 and plywood.

    Shingled dormer with asphalt shingles.
    Painted T1-11 roof black to match shingles.

    Tractor was placed onto a raised flower bed.
    Wheels were removed for painting. Pop door was added.
    Run was enclosed with half inch hardware cloth,
    poultry fencing, and galvanized 2" x 3" fencing.

    Wheels were put back on and treads were added to chickens' ramp.

    Chickens were added.

    12" x 12" shed window was added.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Nardo
    "Great tractor how to"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 3, 2018
    Good job. Those dormers must have been a challenge.
  2. PNW_Peepers
    "Great Chicken Tractor"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2018
    Very informative article.
  3. Anonymous
    "Excellent explanation on how it was created!"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 1, 2018
    The creation of this coop was explained using easy to understand terminology. Nice job!


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  1. Indiana Chick
  2. ChickInDelight
    I am pretty primitive, but I would tack a block of wood to the inside of the frame, and rest the bottom of the ramp on that.
  3. Americano Blue
    and one for my rabbits
  4. Americano Blue
    i'm gonna build a larger one of these for my birds
  5. ChickInDelight
    I lost a ramp that was dragging on the ground. I am going to put the bottom on a dowel or something in the frame (of the store-bought mini-coop). I have not yet attached the 4 mower wheels I have, and am at a loss as to how to do it. I have 2 7 inch wheels for when I build my tractor, but I totally do NOT get how you attach the wheels so you can pick one end up. All help is welcome!
  6. RezChamp
    I also am waiting for an answer regarding the ramp.
    Forgive me for being so impatient..
    May I be so bold as to assume,.... judging from of the position of the wheels, when you pick up the light end to move the structure, the ramp just slides along? If so, good idea.
    Or,... Do you enter the structure and either prop or tie the ramp up? If so, good idea again.
    Please let us know. I'm kinda on pins and needles here.

    If you prove both my guesses wrong I will be richer of wisdom.
  7. michelleo
    how is the ramp attached? is if removable or fixed and if fixed, how did you make it so you could move the tractor around with the ramp attached?
  8. TeaChick
    This is great! I'm looking for A frame tractor ideas. Thank you for posting. =)
  9. RezChamp
    Gee I envy people that can do stuff like this.
    I probably could if I applied myself.......and studied a lot more.......and was a little handier with tools....
    I like this.
    Nice job.
    My suggestion to making it lighter,.. use 2x2s or 1x4s and then add a 1x1 at an angle from the bottom of the cage part at coop to the top of cage at front.
    Less the weight and still structurally strong. You know, the triangle thing....
  10. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the Chicken Coop Picture of the Week. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  12. FiveForAll
    Looks great! How did you "attach" your wheels. Did you re-enforce the 2 x 4 in anyway. I'm considering using hand truck wheels (7") placed on 1/2 x 5 bolts directly through the bottom 2 x 4 on my A-frame, but I'm worried it might split out. Any thoughts?
  13. wadepharr
    i really like what you did.

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