After ordering our chickens straight run from the hatchery, I needed a place to keep the extra roosters until they grew to a delicious size. Commercial chickens only live a couple of months. My roosters would live several months in the summer and into the fall. I decided to build them a moveable pen, called a chicken tractor. The chicken tractor has the following benefits.
Benefits of a Chicken Tractor
- Allows birds to have fresh air and sunshine.
- Provides access to pasture.
- Moveable so that birds don’t destroy the pasture by over grazing.
- Keeps the chickens safe from predators.
I have written up a material list for this chicken tractor.
The chicken tractor I built was inspired by the working wings chicken tractor. It is made from 2×6 pressure treated lumber for the frame. The frame is 12 feet by 4 feet. Half inch (1/2 in.) EMT metal electrical conduit is used for the hoops. Chicken wire is used to enclose the structure. The ends are made from half inch (1/2 in.) pressure treated plywood. I have hung a feeder and automatic watering bucket from the conduit. I used the only 4 foot tarp I could find to keep rain off the broilers. The tarp is designed to cover a stack of firewood. When it wears out I plan to replace it with camouflage tarp.
There were two details that I didn’t see when I originally viewed the working wings page. The first was the handles. How did they move their tractor around? Which leads to the second detail, did they use wheels? I decided to use rope for the handles of the chicken tractor. The rope is connected to the frame with 1/2 inch EMT conduit straps.
I also decided to add wheels. I used rigid wheels that I found at Farm and Fleet. They are connected to the frame with lag screws.
Update: These roosters have been harvested.
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