A chicken tractor is a great way to keep your chickens safe and your yard in good shape. There are many free chicken tractor plans available online that are easy to build. What is a chicken tractor you might ask? A chicken tractor is a portable chicken coop and run for your chickens.
There are many reasons that you might want to have a chicken tractor instead of a standard, non-moveable chicken run. The biggest advantage of a chicken tractor is that it is portable which means your chickens can always have a fresh area to scratch around in. You can imagine that if your chickens are left in one place all the time, the area would become trampled and muddy with no grass for them to scratch around in. This one area of your yard would become completely ruined and nasty. A chicken tractor allows you the luxury of moving it around every day or so and a different patch of your yard will be fertilized every day.
Chicken tractors come in almost any shape and size and there are a number of free chicken tractor plans to be found online. Many people make their own out of materials they have laying around. Just be sure and not build a chicken tractor that is too large or you will never move it which is the whole purpose of having a chicken tractor. You can find some free chicken tractor plans online that are easy to build.
- Chicken safety. If predators are a problem in your area, a chicken tractor will keep your flock alive while still allowing them some freedom.
- Containment. Chickens tend to roam when they are not contained. Even if predators are not a problem in your area, your chickens could get hit by cars if they run onto roads. Your neighbors may also not appreciate their flower beds and vegetable gardens being dug up by your chicken flock.
- Controlling chicken poop. This is a big one for some people. When chickens free range, they aren’t concerned with where they make deposits. I routinely find chicken poop in my garage, on my car and on the kids swing set. Keeping them locked up will keep your yard and belongings a lot cleaner.
Just remember, the bigger the chicken tractor is, the harder it will be to move. If it is hard to move, you will not move it which will defeat the purpose of having one in the first place.