Do you need a chicken tractor that’s light-weight, inexpensive, and easy to disassemble and reassemble? Have you always dreamed of starting your own backyard grass-fed poultry operation as we did on a small-scale farm in Georgia? This PVC broiler-mobile is everything you could want and more! Here are instructions and plenty of photographs so that you can make them, too.
After reading every book Joel Salatin wrote and following countless blogs detailing the joys of raising meat birds, we were ready to wave goodbye to the military, buy a bigger farm, and set up camp as full-time grass-fed poultry farmers. Of course, we came back to our senses and realized that Josh was only a few years shy of reaching retirement (twenty years). That retirement would set us up with a steady paycheck and health care which Josh had already spent more than a decade working toward. We could still make and use a chicken tractor though.
Having viewed countless chicken tractors, we concluded that none of them were quite right for our purposes. They were either too heavy and bulky or ridiculously flimsy. Some of them failed to offer the birds covered perches, others failed to provide protection from the elements, and most were not easy on the budget or the eye. Josh started sketching and then haunted the plumbing aisles at Lowes. Finally, he started piling PVC pipes, fittings, and tarps in a cart. We were officially in business. Want to read more? Check out the full instructions published on GRIT.com (written by us): Build a PVC Chicken Tractor or download the PDF.