How-To: City Dweller Chicken Tractor

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Instructables user jrossetti writes:

In this instructable, I’ll outline the requirements for a small chicken tractor for the backyard chicken enthusiast, such as myself, and describe the process of building it. After seeing a lot of chicken tractors on the internet for outrageous prices, I decided it’d be better for me to build one myself, for cheaper, and that fit my needs a bit better. I’ll show you how I did it and give some pointers on making your own design.

For those of you that don’t know what a chicken tractor is, it’s essentially a chicken coop that can be moved around. Some of the main purposes for a mobile chicken coop are to allow the chickens to fertilize the grass (though this ain’t pretty at all, hahah), and they can eat the grass – keeping it trim (if done right), eat bugs and weeds, and so you can hide it when your parents come visit. There’s other benefits too, though I’m not saying a coop is NOT the way to go (actually, my city has an ordnance stating any permanent chicken coop must be 40 feet away from any human house, so a tractor is a nice efficient way to bypass that ordnance, muahaha!).

6 thoughts on “How-To: City Dweller Chicken Tractor

  1. This is a nice little prototype. Makers can do better. People at http://www.backyardchickens.com are doing all sorts of refinements, bodge-ups, hacks, and engineering miracles to come up with problem-solving designs (there are even designs that look like trash cans for people who want to keep hens where it’s against zoning codes).

    And why is this posted here? It doesn’t have an Arduino in it!!!

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