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Free PVC Chicken Tractor Plans - Build This Moveable Pen!



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pvc chicken tractorA great way to keep your chickens is to keep them in a moveable pen, also known as a "chicken tractor". This allows chickens to free range, stay on fresh clean grass, yet not run all over the place, eating your neighbors vegetables or feeding your neighbors dog a chicken dinner. Featured on this page are free chicken tractor plans. Formerly, I had a similar chicken tractor constructed of wood. It was very heavy (too heavy for me now) and after each season I found that another section rotted or broke and needed repair. Also, in one instance during a hot spell the metal roofing on it got so hot that I lost a bunch of chickens. And the chicken wire was no match for determined predator. So I decided to construct a lighter PVC chicken tractor that would correct some of these drawbacks, and thus I give you Free PVC Chicken Tractor plans!

Watch the VIDEO on Youtube!

This relatively light chicken tractor has the following features:

  • Frame made of lightweight PVC that will not rot and is easily repairable.
  • Has a closable metal section to guard against predators.
  • Is movable via two wheels on back - my teen son is shown moving it in the photo.
  • Half of roof on enclosed area is removable for access if needed.
  • Features tarp over the top to shade enclosed area so as to prevent overheating.
  • Access door (shown open) to provide food and water.

Ready to get started? Shown below is the material list. Once you have these materials, you can get going on the frame.

  • (21) feet of 3/4" PVC
  • (4) elbows for 3/4" PVC
  • (2) 3/4"x3/4"x3/4" PVC tees
  • (6) 3/4" PVC couplings (to join smaller pieces)
  • (40) ft of 1.25"PVC
  • (4) 1.25" PVC street elbows (one insert end)
  • (2) 1.25" x 1.25" x 1.25" PVC tees
  • (8) 1.25" x 1" x 1.25" PVC tees (reduce to 1" at top)
  • (6) 1.25" PVC couplings (to join smaller pieces)
  • (75) ft of 1" PVC
  • (4) 1" x 1" street elbows (one insert end)
  • (17) 1" x 1" x 1" PVC tees
  • (2) 1" x 1" PVC elbows
  • (6) 1" PVC couplings (to join smaller pieces)
  • (25) ft of 3ft wide chicken wire
  • (4) 3ft x 8 ft metal roofing
  • (200) 8" cable ties
  • (200) self-threading sheet metal screws
  • (1) 6ft x 8 ft tarp
  • (7) bungee cords
  • PVC cement
  • (3) 2" hinges
  • (2) 8 ft treated wood 2x2's (Or rip one 2x4 into two halves)
  • (1) 3 ft wood 2x4
  • (4) 1.75" wood or drywall screws
  • (10) 2" long, quarter-inch diameter machined screws with matching wingnuts
  • (2) 8-inch utility wheels
  • (2) 8-inch long 3/8" carriage bolts
  • (6) washers for the 3/8" carriage bolts

Tools you will want include a PVC cutter (up to 1 1/2"), a driver for the screws, another small drill for drilling pilot holes for the screws, a carpenter's square to help make good 90-degree PVC joints, a hand saw, and tin snips.

Next Step - Cut & label all the pvc pieces

 

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