Looking for a cheap agricultural upgrade that is beneficial to both you and your cock-a-doodle-doos? The chicken tractor is a must-have for any homesteader, farmer or whatever you decide to call yourself!
Fertilize your soil while controlling pests and simultaneously provide access to food at all times to your chickens! All the while keeping them safe from predators. What's not to love? It almost sounds too good to be true so let me lay it out for you…
The idea is that every day (or every few days) you move your chicken tractor across the field which constantly changes the location of your scratching pecking birds. This way your birds will always have new vegetation to pick at and you can be sure to get rid of any slug or pest problems. Chickens love to snack on those pesky intruders! Another plus? As you move the flock around, they are leaving behind nutrient-rich manure behind as they go, keeping your field healthy and happy!
Designing your own chicken tractor may not be your thing but thanks to the internet we can make use of those designs already trialed and tested! Below are 27 DIY chicken tractor plans your birds will cluck about!
1. Little Egg Factory
A little egg factory on wheels that can help you move your feathery friends from place to place with ease.
Have fun and get artistic when designing your chicken tractor like this awesome design with the creative door!
3. Hoop Coop
Use PVC hoops to create the skeleton of your chicken tractor. Add some chicken wire and a laying barn and voila!
4. Chicken Wire
Make sure you wrap the whole thing up well with chicken wire so nobody gets out and no un-welcomed predators get in!
This project is easy peezey and stress-free! Make your life a lot easier with a simple mobile chicken tractor!
A wonderful design with hefty wheels and lots of room from laying eggs and scratching mulch!
Your chicken tractor doesn't have to be hard on the eyes! Have fun with the creation, paint it a pretty color and make it look nice!
8. Simple and Short
Something simple, something short, something easy to manage! This is a commonly used chicken tractor design that you will surely love.
Turn old pallets into something new and useful like a mobile chicken coop for your egg laying hens!
I'm really digging the look of this mobile chicken coop. Just pick it up and move it around as you please!
11. Chicken Menagerie
Now, this is a design that I could fall in love with! The simple minimalistic look and pretty white paint makes it pleasing on the eyes.
12. Add Shade
Add some shade for your chickens with a tarp or roof so that they are happy and cool.
13. Large and In Charge
A lot of chicken tractors seems to only be big enough for a few chickens. Well, this one can handle up to 14!
PVC pipes are easy to use, lightweight and can be found at a reasonable price which is why they make a great material to use when building your new chicken tractor!
An A-Frame chicken tractor that has the charming look of a classic old red barn. A great addition to the farm!
This project is designed with a weight limitation to make easy to be picked up and moved. It will also cost you under $100 to make! What's not to love?
17. Barn Tractor
Don't just move the chicken fence, bring their whole barn! This mobile chicken coop won't let you down!
18. Open Roof
This design has the laying room up high and a hinged door to make it easy to grab your morning eggs for breakfast.
Paint your chicken tractor a fun color like a bright green or multi-colored! Personalize it and make it your own!
20. Brooder Tractor
The laying barn up top leaves plenty of room for scratching and fertilizing down below! This is a design you should really consider.
21. Under $200
DIY a cool and rustic chicken tractor from recycled materials and found items so you don't break your budget.
22. Bantam House
Looking for something charming and quaint that doesn't take up a lot of space? Here's the project for you!
You don't need fancy materials to get the job done. Something as simple as plywood and chicken wire can be all you need!
24. Broiler Home
Provide a secure home for pastured broilers by building them a lightweight and mobile home! Check out the old bicycles turned into chicken tractor wheels.
25. Hen Hideout
Check out this awesome chicken tractor! 4 wheels make it easy to move from place to place.
26. Tractor Chicken Tractor
A chicken tractor big enough to comfortably fit 12 chickens may need to be towed by a larger tractor!
This chicken tractor is made out of reclaimed wood and gives it an old rustic appearance that is perfect for your little farm.
See something you like? I know I did!
There are chicken tractor plans for a small flock or big flock. There are chicken tractor plans using recycled materials or brand new boards. Some chicken tractor plans are painted pretty or left rustically charming!
There are lots of designs out there, you just have to pick one! Take a good look at each chicken tractor plans and designs and decide which one would work best for you depending on the size of your flock and property, and to your own personal taste. Then? Start building!