Chicken tractors are helpful places for your backyard chickens to live in, much like a miniature mobile home or trailer. A portable chicken coop allows you to move their home around, so as not to ruin the grass or ground underneath.
A home for chickens needs to have food and water, along with a roosting perch, a nesting box, and plenty of shade. It is also best if they have an area for them to range unless you intend to let them roam during the day, so they have more space.
Are you interested in making a chicken tractor? Try one of these 13 unique DIY designs to make the perfect chicken tractor for your backyard feathered friends.
The 12 DIY Chicken Tractor Plans:
1. Tent Chicken Tractor
This uses strong 2×4 pieces of wood and plywood to make a durable A-frame-style chicken tractor. The top hinges open so you can easily reach into it using the handles. Using a series of hinges means the entire chicken tractor can be easily disassembled to move in sections from one spot to the next.
2. Flat Top Chicken Wire Tractor
Chickens don’t require much vertical space. This chicken tractor is low to the ground and can easily be picked up and moved to another location. The chicken tractor is specifically for meat chickens because they are fed more and have less of a tendency to leave the ground.
The chicken tractor has a frame of wooden boards overlaid with chicken wire. Half of it is covered in corrugated metal so the chickens can stay in the shade when it’s hot.
3. Bird Cage Chicken Tractor
This chicken tractor is quite a bit larger than most others on this list, so your chickens will have a little more space and an area to roost in. Most of the cage is enclosed using chicken wire over a wooden frame. You can give your chickens everything that they need in one chicken tractor, which is portable via wheels on all four corners.
4. Hoop Tractor
This PVC hoop tractor is light enough to be easily picked up and moved even though it doesn’t have wheels. It is also easy, simple, and affordable to make. All you need are four boards for a rectangular frame, on which you will attach and loop the PVC pipes and overlay with chicken wire.
5. Fold-Flat Chicken Tractor
Although it is lightweight, the most attractive thing about this chicken tractor is that it can all fold away to make it easily transportable. This collapsible chicken tractor uses hinges to easily fold down, along with wood and chicken wire.
6. Tower-Style Chicken Tractor
This tower-style chicken tractor uses more vertical space if you don’t have as many chickens and less space in the backyard. It includes a roost and feeders to give your chickens everything that they need.
7. Chicken Lodge Chicken Tractor
Are you looking for a shady spot protected for your chickens and easily moved? This is an excellent solution for you. This chicken tractor uses corrugated steel as a roof over the entire coop with a wooden frame covered in chicken wire. One side has wheels, and the other has a rope so you can quickly move the chicken tractor.
8. Corrugated Steel Chicken Tractor
Are you looking for a different take on the typical wooden frame and chicken wire combination of a chicken tractor? This wooden bars and corrugated steel will give you another option for materials that you could use.
9. A-Frame Chicken Tractor
If you want a pleasing aesthetic for your backyard space, then you can use the design for this A-frame chicken tractor. It combines white corrugated metal with a wooden frame and chicken wire. Since the materials are so lightweight, it is relatively easy to move.
10. Wheelie Chicken Tractor
Do you have backyard chickens that need a new home? This chicken tractor is easily moved by picking it up and moving it with the back wheels. The top of the nest box uses a hinged lid so you can easily reach in and get the eggs out. The other materials that you need are plywood, hanging food feeders, and chicken wire.
11. PVC A-Frame Chicken Tractor
Are you looking for the simplest solution to your chicken tractor needs? Use PVC pipes and chicken wire to whip up a quick structure where your chickens can live. It is so lightweight that you can easily pick it up. In fact, if you live in a windy area, you might need to peg it down.
12. Fancy Mobile Home for Chickens
Do you want a challenge? This chicken tractor combines almost all the design aspects. You can make a roost for your chickens. It is easily accessible from the outside, along with a shady spot for your chickens to rest. It also supplies the maximum amount of ground space under the roof of the chicken tractor.
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