DIY Chicken Tractor Plans for Pastured Poultry

This DIY chicken tractor is portable, low-cost, and easy to maintain.

| August/September 2016

DIY Chicken Tractor

This DIY chicken tractor was easy to build from upcycled materials.

Photo by Zach Marlow

My homemade chicken tractor is simple to build, easy to move, and will make your life a lot easier. I used a lot of leftover pieces from previous projects, including old tin and lawnmower wheels. It took about half a day to build, but a lot of that was me trying to figure out a design that would be easy for me and my wife to easily move. This chicken tractor will hold between four and six laying hens, depending on breed size, and it measures 4 by 8 by 2 feet for the run and 4 by 4 by 4 feet for the coop. I built it in an afternoon, and I’ve enjoyed free-range eggs and pastured poultry ever since.


• Saw
• Hammer
• Wire cutters,
• Tape measure,
• Drill bits
• Drill


• 8-foot 2-by-4s (8)
• 8-foot 2-by-6 (1)
• 10-foot 2-by-6 (2)
• 4-by-8-foot chicken wire
• 4-by-8-foot 1/2-inch plywood (2 sheets)
• 5-foot-long threaded rod (diameter needs to fit bushings tightly)
• 2 wheels
• Metal sheets for roof
• Staples (1 box)
• 2-1/2 inch screws (1 box)
• Nuts and washers for threaded rod
• Small hinges
• A door latch or lock (for coop)


1. Cut four 8-foot 2-by-4s to 45 inches. These will connect your frame from side to side.

2. Rip a 2-by-4 in half, making two 2-by-2s. Cut one 2-by-2 into four 2-foot pieces. These will act as vertical supports, holding your frame together at each corner.

3. Build frames for the coop sides using 8-foot 2-by-4s and 2-foot 2-by-2s from Step 2. Join the frames with 45-inch 2-by-4s at top and bottom. You should have a box with the 8-foot sections on top. Offset the top sections by 21 inches to create space for your coop.

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