HI y’all, if y’all have never heard of a chicken tractor it is basically a portable coop that allows you chickens to free range while staying safe from predators. Some tractors might have wheels, we added handles to two sides. Each day, (later on) we will rotate out the chickens daily and move the tractor around the field to let them graze during the day, until then, we are using it as a portable chicken coop to grow the baby chicks in. (no not at first they’re in a brooder we made).
We had no drawn out plans, or dimensions. We saw a video on YouTube, I drew out what I thought would work and we made that dream come to life! So if you’re looking for a cheaper coop to build or a smaller one, look no further. It took us about maybe four hours to complete, but mind you, we had no plans at all, we were making this up as we went!
I uploaded a video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOemXeMnAeg
- 2-Five foot 2×4
- 7- 8 Foot 2×4
- 2- 10 ft 2×4 (cut in half to five foot pieces)
- 5-1×4 (8ft)
- 5-3/4 in by 10 ft PVC
- 3/4 in Conduit Straps (at least 15, lowes has a pack of 10, so get two packs)
- Chicken wire
- 8 Inch Zip Ties
- Handles (if doing the tractor)
- Screws (we used 1 in, 1.5 inch, and 2.5inch)
(4)90 degree Galvanized Steel Angle (for door frame)
- Staple Gun
- Miter Saw
And this is how we built it:
First we framed out the bottom because DUH. We used two- 8 ft 2×4’s, and 2-5 ft 2×4’s!
We added the two end PVC pipes by strapping them on the wood with the conduit straps, after we added those, we cut the braces for the side of the coop.
We framed out the door ways and added the support beam, screwing the PVC pipes all the way down with more conduit straps. NOW FORGIVE ME, but I did not measure this, we did it by eyeballing and cutting as we went, which honestly is why one door frame looks funny. AMATEURS i’ll tell ya.
After pretty much the structure was built we had left over wood and pvc, so this is what we built: A roost
Then time for the doors
Time to wrap this up!
Add the chicken wire around the whole coop, you will have to manipulate it! then the tarp! AFTER screw a 1×4 to each
side to secure the chicken wire and tarp!
Side note: I used left over conduit straps as door handles! And we added two hooks to the support beam to hang heat lamps!