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i love finding this chicken talk on your website terrie.

one of thee days..one of these days!!! i'm going to get chickens!


This must be the nicest Chicken tractor that I've seen. Is it your own design? I love the double roof design.

I'll take all the kind comments I can get! Thanks Chris. There are a couple of things I would tweak in "Chicken Tractor Revisited", but I think we have already spent plenty of resource on chicken accommodations for one life. Although I would be more than happy to pass on what I have learned in the process to any who are considering a similar project.

Hi. I am VERY interested in making this coop!!! I love it!
Do you sell the plans? Can I get them somehow?
Thank you!!!
Emily :)

Hi Emily,
You can look at the pages on this link http://www.summerinajar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Hen-Tractor.pdf for a bit more information than the photos provide. I’d encourage you to read the string for comments others and I have made along the way. Best of luck. Send pictures. I’d love to see what you come up with.


We’re going to try our hands at this coop too. Can’t wait to send the pics when we’re done.


any way of getting the plans?

Just look back through the string. There are quite a few notes as well as some pdf downloads to give you a pretty good idea.


This is the most practical chicken tractor I have found that would work on our long grassed terrain…big wheels a bonus…could I possibly find the building instructions for this one..measurements at the least? Thank you!!

I have not been able to keep chickens here safely as we have Golden Eagles nesting nearby…this would work! Blessings to you and yours, Cynthia

Cynthia, It measures about 13' long. Size the lower caged portion to house your number of birds and the same goes for the upper section, to give ample roosting space. Two main design considerations: 1) Center the weight of the house over the axel. The added weight of the caged section will keep the thing on the ground. 2) Use some method of raising and lowering the wheels so you will have clearance when you move it. Unless you place the wheels way out front of the unit, you will not get adequate ground clearance and in setting them out… Read more »

5 stars on the Ultimate Chicken Tractor! I seek, I find! Just what I needed for some design input! I really like the stepped design you have with a straight-forward approach for weight distribution and access. It's obvious there was a lotta thought and past experience injected to yield such a tool. Mine is a 4X12X8 1-1/4" sqr. tubing homebrew. Weighs about 1k lbs. with nestboxes and food/water stations filled. Handles 8 eggers & it's hell-for-stout. It's a challenge to move, need to scale it down, split it in two, 4 eggers in two instead of altogether, hmmm… Uneven terrain… Read more »

If this had bigger, hardier wheels and a strong axle, would it work to make the straight wood underneath tuck under for moving so ground clearance would be higher? I have the same issue Joe does: uneven, soft terrain.

Originally I thought the handle beam itself could be puzzled with the end at a fulcrum point so it would catch a projecting rod when lifetd and make for an increased angle, but that would change the structure of the front…I am planning to make this one, it's the best I've seen after hours of looking!

Cali Halibut

Like most of you all after looking at hundreds if not more of coops this one has "It all" how can I get plans? What kind of heating lamps are installed. I have a few questions if anyone can help or if the designer can contact me. [email protected] put mint coop in the subject box. THANKS! PS I could not find those large wheels and opted for hard rubber 10' wheels.


Hello, Love love love your chicken tractor. It looks so great. Would you send me the detailed drawings? I am going to have our high school shop class build it. Thanks so much!!
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After 4 years of pretty great luck free-ranging our little flock, this past week we have lost 2 and one is barely alive after an attack last night. Despite having 3 dogs, we think a nervy fox or coyote has bellied up to the bar. Fencing is an option, but closest area to coop would be denuded in no time and the girls love the grass, as do a duck and goose that share quarters. I would greatly appreciate obtaining the PDF for your drawings as well. Thank you so much.


Beautiful tractor.


Boy Scout Eagle Project for Crowley Nature Museum in Manatee County Florida. We can use all the updates and ideas that are available to make a demonstration (full operating model with chickens and chicks) portable chicken coop for this farm museum and to share with visitors who want to build their own.

Thank you for pioneering this design. I will be asking my High School to allow me to use this as my agriculture project as well as my Eagle Scout project requirement.

Will send you the write up when it is completed. Derek

Hello Derek,
I didn’t see your post for a long time for some reason. All of the details that I have written down are posted throughout this thread in addition to comments about improvements. Start with the wheels and your center of gravity. Larger the wheel diameter the better for rough terrain.

Elizabeth Robertson

Yours is definitely the nicest looking chicken tractor I have seen. I am trying to put some plans together to build something similar and I wondered about a few things. Is the nest box opening at all restricted by the roof overhang of the main building? How wide is the building? I’m guessing around 5 feet? would it be possible for you to post a few more pictures of your wonderful tractor? Maybe one with the nest box open? It would be greatly appreciated. You mentioned a few things you would change. (larger opening for cleaning) Are there any other… Read more »

We built the width of the tractor to correspond to the width of our garden beds so the chickens could till the garden after harvest. Our beds are four feet wide so I made the tractor wheels come down just outside that. I’d definitely make a wider access on the back wall for easy cleaning and I would take the fiberglass further up the walls to make for easier cleaning as well as frustrate the efforts of the mites to hide in the crevices. They are hard to get rid of and they wreak havoc on the chickens…at least up… Read more »


We are in the process of building a version of your chicken tractor, Terrie, for our family chickens. We love it! Thank you for sharing! We are planning our design around the mechanics of the wheel as you suggested, but want to get your proportions right so it has the same look. We’ve downloaded your drawings, but have a few other questions if that’s okay…How wide is the coop? What is the height of the coop (without the run and wheel space underneath)? What is the roof’s pitch? Is there a benefit to having the one, covered opening into the… Read more »

It was nice to talk with you on the phone. I’d love to see some photos of what you come up with..maybe post what you have learned and more dimensions. I’d like to post more detail, but it doesn’t ever get to the top of the proverbial list.

Kathy Bauman

I’ve looked at many chicken tractors and really like yours, anyway I could get a copy of the plans? Thank you!

Hi Kathy, Scroll down through the comments (like a little treasure hunt) and you’ll find a number of comments as well as a link to some somewhat cryptic, though I believe helpful, cad drawings. I’ve tried to provide enough information for a successful design while allowing modifications for your weather,geography and number of birds. Give me holler back if you need more input. Once again, I keep asking for photos of your creations. I’d love to see what you come up with. If you’re not a welder, chumming up with a welder is the first place to begin. It doesn’t… Read more »


Love your tractor. My husband is a carpenter and is willing to give this a try for me (lucky me!), but we are a little muddled by the axle/wheel. Do you have any pictures of the tractor with the wheels set down, ready to move? Do they lock into place somehow? Do they sit under the fenced portion or just behind it? Also, the trap door, do you have a picture or can you describe how it locks closed for the night?

Thank you!

Hello Kaori, Your befuddlement is justified…There is a minor piece not showing in these photos, but easy to explain. I think I was using a small screw in the beginning which you can’t see. Here’s the design objective: If you pull the handle from its down,horizontal position and up to its vertical/wheels contacting ground position, you can’t let go because the whole tractor is essentially balanced on the wheels like a unicycle. Just allow the handle to pull past vertical by about 10 degrees an install any kind of solid stop at that point. I have since installed a piece… Read more »


It’s done!!! And our girls are doing well, but seem reluctant to go in to their new abode. Any suggestions? Oh, and I would love to send you a picture, but I’m not sure how…

Thank you for all the advice!

Hi Kaori, Congratulations. I would love to see the fruit of your labor. Send me a photo, if you would be so kind, at [email protected] I’ll post it here. Also send along notes of what you learned in the process that might be helpful for others. It does take a bit for the hens to warm up to their new digs. We just put their food up inside for the first few days and they began to feel safe there relatively quickly. It may take a bit of prodding to help them go inside, just be sure to make it… Read more »

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Hi Ken, Very nice looking tractor! I’m looking locally for wheels and have two questions: 1) Do you know the weight of your tractor? 2) Do you know the weight capacity of your wheels? I’m finding wire spoke wheels w/ 100# limits. Oh, also, I’m wondering how you lock your wheels in place when moving? Is there a stop or latch to hold your lever bar? And, finally, how many chickens is your coop sized for? We have 6 full-size birds to accomodate. Many thanks, Greg




I love this Chicken Tractor. I have been considering raising some chickens. I believe a tractor is the way to go for me. But I’m not that handy to cut wood, etc to build. I would love something lie this if it was prefab and I had to follow directions to assemble.
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I adore your coop and finally set out to make one like it this summer. My Father and I are right at the end. It is time to set the coop on the mobile frame/run. I’m worried that the whole thing is going to tip over. Is that a problem with yours?

Hi Marina..
The whole idea of this design is to start with the wheels and axle so that the center of gravity of the house is centered over the axle. The weight of the cage is the only weight you are lifting (plus any chickens that haven’t centered themselves!) If you have followed this concept it shouldn’t tip over. If it’s out of balance you’ll just have to train your chickens to find their centers :) Ken

Thank you so much for writing back. The house is centered over the axle when everything is level to the ground. When the wheels are lowered, it is about 4-5 inches off from center. Also, the wheels (in the lowered position) seem a bit wobbly. Any ideas on how to strengthen?

My wheels are mounted to a solid 3/4″ dia. steel axle which is centered under the CG of the house. If the offset from the axle center to the wheel center is about 4-5″, when the house is raised (wheels lowered)I have a stop that holds the wheels in a position slightly past “top dead center” so the CG and wheel centers will only be off about an inch. Even at 4-5″ offset, I doubt that you’ll have much problem: eg. 300lb house, 60″ long = 5 lbs/inch x 4″ =20lbs off center. That is covered by the weight of… Read more »

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