Scrappy Chicken Tractor

By 4sillychickens · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. 4sillychickens
    Here is the chicken tractor I built out of scraps! The only thing I bought new was the chicken wire. I did buy the hinges and wheels at yard sales. Everything else we had lying around. I didn't even have to buy nails or screws because we had some left over from another project.
    ***WARNING*** This chicken tractor was not made to be cute or pretty. It was made to be functional and was made as cheaply as possible.
    I didn't follow any specific plans to build this coop. I studied all the chicken tractors on BYC and read the comments of what people liked and didn't like about their coops and I took into account what I liked and didn't like about our non-portable chicken coop.
    I wanted a portable coop that would protect the chickens from our rainy Pacific NW weather, and the neigbors dogs :( Of course the main requirement was that it needed to be practically free :)
    So here's my plans;
    I gathered all the available wood, took the 3 longest pieces (ripped one so I had 4 long pieces), cut them all to the same length (just under 8 ft). I then cut the second longest pieces to 5ft and ripped several of them and tada! I had an A-frame.
    The finished measurments are roughly 4ft wide x 8ft long x 4 1/2ft tall.
    I used a hollow core door cut in half for the "loft" which holds the nesting boxes and the sand box. The nesting boxes are left over pieces from a very nice shelving unit DH made (if you look close you can see that it is stained and varnished [​IMG]) and bits and pieces of other random wood.
    The nesting box is not actually attached to anything, it just fits snugly. so if I need to really scrub things down, I can.
    The frame is done and the wire is on! I did end up moving the roosting stick after I took this picture.
    Here are the nesting boxes and sand box. The front section I filled with sand so they can still dust bathe while I have them on the grass.
    I love our big porch! I can work on projects out of the rain! (of course if we had a big garage that would be even nicer :)
    The chickens have moved in!
    DH helped me dissect a golf caddy that I bought at a yard sale. From it we got nice strong aluminum wheels.
    The handles are just a ripped 6ft 1x6.
    Here is the roosting sticks.
    This side has two doors. The lower one is where the food and water are.
    I used some goat feeders that were left here at the house when we bought it :)
    So that's it! I told you it wasn't pretty, but it is very functional![​IMG]

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CCUK
    "Looks good."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 23, 2018
    Good use of reclaimed materials. Would it be netter to use welded mesh rather than chicken wire for added security?
  2. 21hens-incharge
    "Nice use of materials."
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    I think they look cramped too. I think it is due to all the cross pieces. Those are likely not needed as an A frame gets its strength from the triangle shape. The chicken wire is unlikely to stop a dog. I do like the tip our access door.
  3. Cyprus
    "Run could use a little more space"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    Overall, the design of this A-Frame coop is not bad. One thing that I would change is the run. I would make it a little taller and wider, as the birds look a little cramped. I would also make this coop easier to access. Think about how you'd get to an egg laid in the run.


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  1. Luziadovalongo
    Looks great to me. I'm hoping the hubby and I can do something similar with scraps we have around the place. He's promised to start a chicken quarantine tractor for me this weekend. I'm going to make him look at this. :)
  2. Chicken Chick
    You went "green" by recycling old parts, it was nearly free, and the chickens can be easily moved to fresh grass and weeds - which of course makes the eggs delicious! Way to go!
  3. gerilynn2
    The chickens look happy! That is all that matters!

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