On Golden Coop

By CJJenkins · Jul 22, 2012 · ·
  1. CJJenkins
    I spent about a year reading about coop designs and ventilation and feeders and waterers and pr editors before I approached my husband about building this chicken tractor.
    We used his carpentry skills and except for the hardware cloth that we penned it in with and the screws and hinges we used materials that we had laying around, bits and pieces left over from home repair jobs and the like.


    If I had to do it all over again, the only things I would change is that I would make the run higher, it is 18 inches and think the chicks would be happier with a little more head space, I would have made the overall design a little narrower as it is difficult for one person to move alone. I would add a door under the 'coop' part of the tractor so that I could hang my feeders and water underneath for protection from the weather. We have changed the wheel design as it just wasn't working quite the way we had envisioned.


    This tractor should comfortably hold 6-8 chickens, right now I have 8 6 week old Buff Orpington chicks and 3 EE's, going to be getting rid of some in the next few weeks. This was our first attempt at a chicken tractor and I am very very pleased with the way it turned out. I may still add a window in the side opposite the little access door, but I may wait until I build the next one and add a window to it.. The cheap stick down tile flooring makes cleanup very easy.

    Modified wheel design, works very well and a peek at my golden residents!

    Thank you for looking at my tractor. Will be glad to answer any questions that you might have about design or my beautiful Buff Orpington babies. It was hot when I took these last pics and they kept hanging out under the coop in the shade, so it was hard to get a pic.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Aug 21, 2018
    The roosts are too narrow for the chicken's feet and the height of the run portion is too low
  2. 21hens-incharge
    "Good pictures"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 6, 2018
    Would like details like measurements and how the nest box is made/latched.


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  1. N F C
    Not bad!
  2. Arnettalynn67
    awesome idea...
  3. GA Sweets
    Very nice! Gave me some great ideas for our next coop, thank you for sharing!
  4. Indiana Chick
  5. acorn265
    This is the best chicken tractor design I've seen! Great job and thanks!!
  6. K R 2709
    Anyone know the dimensions or have the plans or similar ones?
  7. chickenpooplady
  8. Kernel Cluck
    Nice job. I do agree that 18 inches seems a bit low but live and learn.
  9. emnicole514
    yes i mean the length and width of the actual coop
  10. imtrying
    it is 18 inches high - - what are the other dimensions? length? width? size of the "coop" part?
    i really like this. thanks.
  11. R@ndy
  12. calliecutiepie
    Very nice, I like it! You could add a piece of plywood over the area where the food and water are and it would give your babies some extra shade too.
  13. emnicole514
    what are the dimensions of the hen house part?
  14. homesteadlizzy
    When have you found is the best time to move the tractor?
  15. blucoondawg
    This is the first tractor design I really like and could see myself using, it is simple and easy to open up to clean. I would have the wheels so they raise up and allow the tractor to sit flat on the ground but I would use a larger wheel like a bicycle tire so it would roll more easily if you ran into an uneven spot.
  16. jchny2000
    Love it! Fast, attractive, simple, easy and very functional!
  17. WestminsterHens
  18. Chickens R Us
    Very nice! would make a nice grow out pen for my chicks.
  19. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. 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
  20. andypaskin03
    Awesome desigen please could i have the plans if possible. Thanks Andy
  21. Garden Tamer
    Very nice! Looks easy to move around
  22. wtrivers
    Awesome job,. Love the simple design. Wish I had added handles to my tractor when I built it. Looks a lot gentler than my metal door handles.
  23. Egg Lover
    I love those tractor designs, nice job!
  24. CJJenkins
    Thank you, not anything fancy, just a combination of many excellent designs! Love the BYC website and all the creative coop designs displayed here!
  25. 3 Golden Girls
    nice job...looks like a happy home for your golden babies.

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