Tmb3fans Chicken Coop Tractor

By tmb3fan · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. tmb3fan
    I have 5 chicken tractors that I move biweekly. Most of my chickens free range during the day and return to their tractors at night for feeding. I have nest boxes in 3 of the tractors and I will be building boxes for the other 2 very soon. As you can see, most of mine are open air type because we live in central Mississippi. We only have a handful of cold days, so heat is a bigger concern.


    These were my first 2 tractors based on designs I had seen on BYC and some other sites. Most of the designs I saw used wood for the runs, but I was trying to lighten the load, so I used PVC. This is just 10' pieces of 1/2 inch PVC bent and pushed into holes drilled in the 2x6's. I am only 5' tall, so bending over to go in the runs isn't a problem. Each coop has nesting boxes on one side and a ladder type roost on the other. I put side doors, so I could collect eggs, but found these to be useless because I always use the big door in the back of the coop. The bottoms of the coops have 1/4 inch hardware cloth because that is all we had on hand at the time. 1/2 inch would have been much better, as all the poop would have fallen through. I put the red feeder trays under the roosts and that catches most of the poop and I can just dump them out periodically. A friend who has poultry houses gave me the feeder trays because he didn't like using them. They also work great to soak trays of seedlings in. The base of the tractors are 6x12 and the coop is 2x6. One houses a Buff Orpington rooster and 4 girls and the other houses a BO/EE rooster mix with his 6 BO girls. Each tractor cost about $100.

    Below is my 3rd tractor. It was originally built to hold guineas, but they are all gone now. So it is the banty(my husband won't let me say bantam since we live in the south) tractor for now. As soon as I get rid of 2 BCM roosters, I will most likely move my 1 BCM rooster and his 2 girls to this coop. It is 4x8 and is now attached to 2x4's on the bottom to make it easier to slide and add weight. I was having to stake it down, because winds would send it tumbling. There is a roost towards the back and a milk crate that is serving as a roost for a silkie. It currently houses 1 Millie Fleur D'Uccle rooster and his 2 girls, a BB red hen and 1 silkie hen.
    Below is my 4th tractor. I saw a similar picture on the web from somewhere in Guam. There weren't any plans, so I came up with some dimensions I liked (4x10 and 5' tall on the door side). This coop cost about $50. I used old tin roofing from a neighbor (free) and plastic bamboo outdoor blinds to create shade and a coop area. I cut the blinds up and zip tied them to the wire. I added so double bubble foil on the end for the winter. The nesting boxes will sit on the area where you see the 2 horizontal pvc pipes. I am able to move this coop and the 3rd coop around by hand.

    My 5th tractor had humble beginnings as a dog pen. I borrowed it from a neighbor, to house my ducks in last year, and finally ended up buying it from them for $25. In order to make it inhabitable for chickens, we added a roof made of 2x2's and more free tin roofing. After enclosing with chicken wire, I zip tied double bubble foil to make the coop area. We added roosts and some nesting boxes. Oh, we strapped it to 2x6's so it could be pulled around by the 4 wheeler like the first 2 tractors. This coop houses one EE rooster and his seven gals.
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  1. trumpeting_angel
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    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 4, 2019
    I love your low-cost approach to coops! I need something similarly inexpensive. The construction notes were helpful, as well as the many photographs.

    I have too many predators to consider using chicken wire instead of hardware cloth, though. Nice work recycling things!


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  1. elaineinspain
    How is the PVC piping coping with the sunshine? I read somewhere that PVC disintegrates or at least gets weak and fragile in the sun's rays. Is this true?
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  2. mspenny
    I used some of your ideas for my 6 x 12 u type PVC.. thank you for putting such good pictures up for us to use as guides.
  3. KaFox
    Add me to your appreciative and inspired chicken enthusiast! Can you email plans on coops also [email protected]
  4. Chickenfarmer95
  5. Chickenfarmer95
    I love your first coop
  6. holypolish
    Brilliant. I love how cheaply you did it. I'm the ultimate penny pincher about that kind of thing. Kudos on a great design for a little dollar. I'm in Alabama and clearly we have to design our coops based on weather being hot. I'm working on the classic hoop coop design to leave the open air for the flock. Well done here.
  7. Ullie
    I noted there was no wire on the tractor floor. Question...when you move the tractor around do the chickens just walk on the inside as it moves along. Is there any problems or concerns without a floor? Thanks.
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  8. Sunflowergirl
    Your first two tractors have been an inspiration to me! :) I used your plans to build me a 6' x 12' run to tie us over until we could get our permanent run made. Now, I am wanting to go back and add a coop onto the run so I can get me some more chicks this coming spring. (I do believe that is chicken math!!!) Thank you SOOOO much for posting the pictures and details! One thing that I did find I needed to do for the pvc pipes, due to our high winds, was to put a screw under the end of the pipe to keep the wind from working the pipes down through the little u clamps. Thanks again!!!
  9. MtnGrlByTheBay
    How did you put the wheels on?
  10. BamaBull
    I, too, have been considering using PVC as a material. You've given me some good ideas!
  11. thechickmagnet7
    could you email me the plans for the first 2 at [email protected] i would love to make one thanks
  12. judyki2004
    Very nice solutions! Love the look of the 2 first tractors & the potential of the dog pen, but pobrabliy work on the design of a way smaller version of the 3rd one if i deside to get some silkies or "kikiriki"( s very small kind of hens). I like that you keep a roo with each group of hens!

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