So it was with our spring batch of chickens this year, and, as is our modus operandi, we wanted to put together a functional chicken tractor for the lowest cost possible. We got all the wood for free from Craigslist, which saved us the majority of the price of constructing a tractor from all new materials (woo hoo!) We managed to construct a pretty robust mobile chicken fortress, although it is somewhat more of a workout to move around the yard than we were hoping for. But here are our design details, judge and improve upon them as you see fit. (And leave suggestions in the comments section!)
|A close-up of the top edge. The hardware cloth is one big piece from side-to-peak-to-side and a triangle piece across the end, with a few of the trimmings from the triangle used to fill in the gaps at the bottom of the triangle.|
|On the front end is a go-kart (or dunebarrow) tire, with the wood supported by a piece of angle iron. Cutting the bottom corner off the board makes it a lot easier to move around, although we could have helped ourselves out even more by putting the axle lower than we did.|
|On one side is a kind of Dutch door...|
|...that opens to allow access to birds or food and water buckets. Opening the door panels also reveals exquisitely-calculated brace pieces!|
|Here's the view from the front...|
|...and other side for completeness.|
What does your chicken tractor look like? How do you keep it light enough to move around the yard easily? Let us know in the comments section below!