For the past month, Steve and I have spent the little free time we have together, “pecking away” at building a chicken tractor for the birds on our farm. Basically, a chicken tractor is a movable, floorless coop that can be rotated daily so the birds constantly have fresh grass beneath them to eat. The structure minimizes the amount of money spent on feed, while simultaneously allowing the chickens to forage and to be chickens!
Many different styles of chicken tractors exist. We built ours in a simple A-frame shape, cutting broken pipes from the abandoned dairy operation in the barn, then welding them together.
The finished structure includes:
- Welded wire– (Stronger and hardier than flimsy chicken wire)
- Two removable wheels and two handles– Allows one person to easily “wheelbarrow” the structure to a different patch of grass each day for chickens to graze
- Wooden perches- Provides a comfortable spot off the ground for chickens to roost and feel safe
- Corrugated roofing material: Provides chickens shade and protection from the elements.