We finished up this 8 foot by 4 foot by 2.5 foot tall chicken tractor today. I made it four foot wide because most of our garden beds are 4 ft wide. So when I need to turn over a Garden bed I can put some chickens over it, in the chicken tractor, and have them do it for me. Not only will they till the ground and fertilize it with their manure we will not have to feed them as much because they are eating what was left in the garden bed.
7, two by fours, 8 foot long
3, two by one's, 8 foot long
3 pices of 8 foot long tinted corrugated polycarbonate
Wood screws for corrugated polycarbonate
Two and a half inch wood screws
Chicken wire three foot tall
Heavy duty Staples
One L screw
Sharp blade or scissors
Tape measure and pencil
Let me show you how we did it!
First we made the bottom frame by cutting one of the 8 foot long 2 by 4's in half, with the circular saw, and fastening them together at the corners with the 2.5 inch wood screws.
We made the top part of the frame the same way as the bottom.
Next we cut the vertical pieces and fasten them to the inside of one of the frames with 2.5 inch wood screws.
Then we put the top frame on with the 2.5 inch wood screws. Now you have your basic frame for your chicken tractor!
The Next Step I took was adding a cross piece, with the 1 by 2, for the corrugated plastic to attach to. Then started adding chicken roosts on the inside with the 1 by 2. I cut one of the eight foot pieces of corrugated plastic and half to make the roof and attached it with the wood screws that were made for corrugated plastic.
After getting the second Roost in there and cutting another 8 foot piece of corrugated plastic in half for the back sides. I was able to wrap the front in chicken wire. We attached the chicken wire with staple guns. The hammer was used for a few of the Staples to get them in. You will need to put a vertical piece of 1 by 2 to attach the corrugated plastic to.
I made the door by making a simple frame and attaching a piece of corrugated plastic to it. I did use a piece of scrap wood down the middle to attach the hinges.
Attach the latch at the bottom of the door. The thought behind putting it at the bottom was that if a predator tried to pry it open they would be more likely to be pulling at the bottom and the latch down there would give it more strength.
At the top of the door frame we attached and L screw that can be turned back and forth when opening the door. This will help keep the door flush and any Predators out also...... It is the gold metal piece in the middle of this picture.
After cutting one more piece of corrugated plastic and attaching it to the right of the door she's all ready for chickens.