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 as suggested by one of the best plumbers in town. Finally, he started piling PVC pipes, fittings, and tarps in a cart. Finally, we hired an emergency plumber to do some plumbing repairs.
Joe Mueller - I love the idea of the pvc tractor. I have a question though…
Do you keep the chickens in the tractor at night during warmer weather months or are you always moving them to and from the coop daily?
I ask because where I live in Illinois is on the outskirts of busy suburbia and a large open forest preserve. What it means it I see possums, racoons, hawks, fox, and coyote on a regular basis.
I have had possums chew through chicken wire at night to get a a few birds and even raccoons chase down my birds while free ranging mid-day. I have tried the electric fences, but given we have no power in our field, the solar charger and battery wouldn’t hold up all day during times when there wasn’t ample sun.
This seems like a good way to provide a variably sized tractor that would be easily moved around the yard, which is my goal, so my birds are outside and happy.
What do you do at night? During winter months, etc?
Just curious as we lost our entire flock a group of hungry raccoons last winter and I plan on getting more chicks in March.
you can email me direct if you don’t mind…
Simple Livin' gal - We didn’t keep broilers in the winter months, Joe. At night, the birds stayed in the tractor. I’ll email you, too.
Donna - Hi, Just wondered how to protect the birds from predators…I wonder about putting a bottom on the tractor? Any ideas?
Also, you can email me direct,
Murray F. Feller - Hi:
I just saw your PVC chicken enclosure design and am thinking of making one with some of the same features. I wish it to be an enclosure primarily for egg production.
Question: Do you have a sketch showing the dimensions. If so, I would very much appreciate receiving it. Any suggestions would be useful especially wheel attachment means for making the enclosure mobile.