DIY Truck-Frame Chicken Tractor 

Learn to make a chicken tractor using an ordinary truck frame.

February / March 2017
Article and photos by Jake Desjardin


When I had the urge to buy six chickens, I began looking into different coop designs. I also talked to a chicken-owning friend who told me he would make his coop mobile and smaller if he was to start over. Taking those things into consideration, I got to work making my own.

1. For the majority of my project, I was fortunate enough to use reclaimed material. A truck frame had been given to me a few years prior — a trailer with a pickup bed still attached. I began with the bare, stripped-down truck frame, removing the leaf springs and relocating the axle to the center of what would become the coop.

2. After moving the rear wheels, I made a swivel axle for the front. (We’d had the axle and wheels on hand for a while because we didn’t have the heart to scrap them.) To make the swivel, I welded a 1-1/2-inch-diameter pipe to a homemade support on the front, and then welded a piece of solid rod to the axle that happened to slide nicely into the pipe.

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