A movable chicken coop can provide quite a few benefits for you and your birds. It can help the chicken meat taste better since they’re always getting fresh grass. Likewise, it can help to keep your grass trimmed since they’ll be eating a new area frequently. It can even reduce the requirement for pre-mixed foods since your chickens will be grazing in new pastures regularly. There are plenty of ways you can go about building your mobile chicken coop. You can follow any of the following ten mobile chicken coop plans, or you can use them for inspiration when designing your own.
Based on the old school rickshaws that once carried people along the streets, the DIY ChickShaw allows a single person to pull an entire flock of chickens, bringing their home along with. It offers excellent protection from predators and the elements while still allowing your birds to graze and get the benefits of seeing new pastures daily. It’s even got a hinged roof so you can have easy access to the chickens inside.
With two long arms in the front that you can hold and two wheels in the back for easy rolling, Surprisingwoman’s Chicken Coop Tractor is a simple way to move your chickens around. It’s easy to pull and just as easy to build. It’s made from recycled materials like an old cabinet. It’s on the smaller side, so it’s best for smaller flocks of only a few chickens.
The Perfect Portable Chicken Coop is a large A-frame styled coop that’s covered half in corrugated metal for protection from the elements, and half is covered in chicken wire to allow for fresh air, sunlight, and grazing. There’s a metal handle that protrudes from the front, making for easy transportation by a single person. Two wheels on the back ensure it rolls smoothly. It’s pretty large with room for many chickens, but it’s still not a very difficult build.
Built in the shape of a geodesic chook dome, the DIY Portable Chicken Chook Dome offers your chickens plenty of room to graze and roam while still being movable by a single person. The main frame is easy to put together since it’s made from PVC. Then, it’s covered in chicken wire, allowing for plenty of ventilation and keeping out predators.
With room for up to 14 chickens, this Large Tractor Chicken Coop from Instructables is big enough for most family flocks. It’s eight feet long and four feet wide, offering ample interior space for your fowl. There’s even a watering system built-in to keep them well hydrated. Large wheels make it easy to move despite its larger size.
Made from PVC pipes, mesh netting, and a tarp, this Mesh Chicken Tractor by Simple Savings is easy to build and inexpensive. It offers your chickens plenty of room and since it’s so light, it can be easily moved by one or two people with no wheels needed. The tarp offers a way out of the rain and sun for your birds while the mesh ensures that they always get plenty of air and sunlight.
The Sadie Lane Tractor by Backyard Chickens is a two-story palace for your chickens that’s got wheels so you can easily move it. The bottom section gives them room to graze and stretch their legs while the top portion offers protection from the elements. You can lift the front and easily roll it on the wheels in the back. It’s made from easy to find materials, such as 2x4s, plywood, and chicken wire.
If you want your birds to live in luxury equal to or greater than your own, then you might build them the Cluckingham Palace Chicken Coop Tractor. It’s an ornate design with windows and flower boxes that looks great and keeps your chickens inside nice and safe. Four wheels make it easy to move by a single person with no lifting required.
With plenty of walking space but little head height, the Long Chicken Tractor is an easy to build coop that’s mostly constructed from chicken wire and 2x4s. It offers your chickens plenty of exterior space and a small coop where they can get out of the elements. Two wheels on the coop end allows it to roll when you lift from the handle on the other end.
While most of the portable chicken coops we’ve seen use a two-wheeled setup, the Bayou Swamp Coop is instead perched on four wheels, making it one of the easiest to move coops we’ve seen. The four tires are large enough to have great rollover clearance, and the coop is big enough for many birds. It’s even got windows to allow for ample ventilation and natural light.
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