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Chicken Tractors - How to Build Mobile Chicken Coop

Using a recycled car shelter frame for Chicken tractor frame

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Building instructions
  1: Chicken Tractor Frame Idea
  2: Fasten Poultry netting to mobile hen coop
  3: Strengthen and stain the frame
  4: Chicken Tractor Sliding Door
  5: Install the mobile hen house wheels
  6: Hens in the chicken tractor
 
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Building a mobile chicken coop

You have hens in your chicken coop and you are looking for way to raise them on backyard?

Hens can feed on fresh grass as a lawn mover and even act as biological control means. Chickens eating insects in the garden!

Searching detailed information on chicken tractor or chicken ark plans and designs? A portable chicken coop on wheels is the solution! It's a permaculture tool!

A chicken tractor is a movable chicken house without a floor.

See this small mobile chicken coop building guide.

Chickens will work for you!
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Two recycled tempo car shelter frame parts needed for your chicken tractor project.
 
 
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A light mobile chicken coop is easier to move.

This is an important factor to know before building yours.

You can drill steel structure according to your needs.
 
 
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Chicken Tractor Frame Idea:
 
Cut small boards for framing the chicken tractor roof.

Board size: 1 inch X 3 inches.

This recycled boards come from a old snow fence.
 
 
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Cut the boards.

The required width is cut according to the width of your portable chicken coop.

In this guide the chicken tractor width is 24 inches. (thickness of both galvanised steel car shelter frame included).
 
 
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Several boards are needed to give some structural strength to the mobile hen house frame.

The chicken wire will be fasten over this part of the structure.
 
 
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Base parts of the mobile coop frame.

1 inch x 3 inches planks.

Consider the lenght of your chicken tractor before to buy this frame parts.

This portable chicken coop measures 9 feet.

You must buying 10 feet in long boards.



 
 
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Use a drill and wood drill bit corresponding to the size of the bolts that will use for the steel frame holes of the chicken coop.
 
 
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After drilled the first plank, use it as a template for other ones.
 
 
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To attach the boards to the both galvanized steel arches of the chicken coop, you will need:

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Enter the bolts from underneath steel arches.

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Setting up the boards at various locations on the structures to give strength to the mobile chicken coop.

 Have in mind that you will install a door to a chicken tractor.

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Wing nut on the top of the bolt pending the poultry netting fastening and the second layer planks securing.

Chicken wire will between these both planks like a sandwich.
 
 
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Drilling some holes in the steel frame if you want add more boards.

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Install the 10 feet planks at the base of the movable chicken coop.

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Install diagonal boards in the chicken tractor structure to solidify the frame.

  At this step, it is also possible to dye the wooden structure with linseed oil.
 
 
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