Build a PVC chicken tractor

All chicken tractors generally have the same purpose – letting chooks go free range without exposing them to hungry predators. But they have different features to suit the needs of the owner and the backyard where they will be used.

PVC Chicken Tractor

If you want a chicken tractor that’s low maintenance and easy to move, then you can use PVCs to build one!

Unlike chicken tractors made of timber, a PVC chicken tractor is lightweight. You can build a larger PVC chicken tractor and still be able to relocate it without difficulty. It’s also rot-free which makes it perfect for places where it rains frequently. No need to repair or replace its parts every now and then, but should you need to, it should be easy!

Is this the kind of chicken tractor you are looking for?

You’ll need these materials:

  • 21 ft of 3/4″ PVC
  • 4 – Elbows for 3/4″ PVC
  • 2 – 3/4″x3/4″x3/4″ PVC Tees
  • 6 – 3/4″ PVC Couplings
  • 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
  • 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
  • 25 ft x 3ft 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 2×2 Treated Wood
  • 1 – 3 ft 2×4 Wood
  • 4 – 1.75″ Wood or Drywall Screws
  • 10 – 2″ long, quarter-inch diameter Machined Screws with Matching Wingnuts
  • 2 – 8″ Utility Wheels
  • 2 – 8″ long 3/8″ Carriage Bolts
  • 6 – Washers for the 3/8″ Carriage Bolts

And these tools:

  • PVC Cutter
  • 2 Cordless Drills
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Hand Saw
  • Tin Snips

 

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Thanks to Raising Backyard Chickens 101 for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

 




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