When my wife and I purchased our house, we converted an old dog house in to a chicken coop for our girls. This was a great use of up-cycled material, but since then our flock has grown. I also wanted something that I could move around without a hassle. I started to research several chicken tractor designs. Although I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, I did see several plans that incorporated one or two of the features I wanted. I started early on a Saturday morning with nothing more than an idea and a hammer.
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By Sunday afternoon, I had a chicken coop that not only impressed me but also impressed my fussy wife. I documented the complete build in photos for my readers as an inspiration for your own coop. I didn’t have any plans, I just wing’d it as I went along. After some positive feedback from Facebook friends, I decided to sit down and draw out the plans and make them available to everyone. I spent about $150 total for this build. If you are new to raising chickens, don’t forget to checkout our other articles.
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The coop is 4’x4′ totaling 16 sqft with about 40 sqft of run space. This should easily hold 4 large breed birds or 5-6 smaller breeds. I will be using this particular coop for my Bantams while my RIR’s and Black Australorps will stay in the main coop.
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed building it! – Tony
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