I have a few chickens, and I am about to get some more. I also have a lot of green grass. So I had to make a chicken tractor to take care of both issues.
Step 1: Materials.
24 1x2x8ft lumber $24
1 24x 50ft chicken wire $15
1 box of 3/4 screws $6
6 packs of washers $6
4 hinges $4
2 latch $6
total: $61 for 2
$30.50 for each tractor
drill w/ drill bit and phillips driver
Step 2: Putting together the sides.
ends are 2 4ft pieces and 3 2ft pieces and the sides are 2 8ft pieces and 3 2ft pieces.
for each tractor you will need to cut
plus bits for a door.
when you line up the lumber make sure to pre-drill the holes, because the wood will split and you will have to re-cut the wood again.
it will always happen on that last piece too.
Step 3: Putting the frame together.
this is a fun balancing act when you are doing this alone. but again pre-drill the screw holes.
Step 4: The door.
this is a edit, as when I built it i made the door prior to adding the wire. but to save yourself a ton of headaches just build the door prior to attaching it.
Step 5: Skin it.
remember those washer? this is when you use them. start the roll at one side of the door and roll it along (attaching it with the screw/washers). the chicken wire will give you some room to goof up.
you can also roof the tractor with the same wire, I had some welded wire around so I used that.
Step 6: Laying box.
a laying box is necessary if you don't want to crawl in after the eggs. putting in next to the door is an even better idea.
Step 7: A little shade and just add chickens.
a little canvas or a tarp will work just fine for some shade for your chickens.
then put the tractor on some grass and add some chickens.