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How to Build a Movable Chicken Coop or Chicken Tractor

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Why Build A Movable Chicken Coop?
How to Build a Movable Chicken Coop or Chicken Tractor
Photo © Lauren Ware

I built the coop you see in these photos with these plans by Harvey and Ellen Ussery of The Modern Homestead. The plans were incredibly helpful as my husband Matt and I constructed the shelter. They were clear and detailed enough for us, novice "carpenters," to do this all ourselves.

This system for managing laying hens on pasture uses a large, movable coop and electric net fencing. The hens, tractor/coop and fencing are moved to fresh ground every week or two, or as needed to keep them grazing fresh grass.

Rather than describe how to build this exact chicken coop, for which you can follow the very detailed plans, this Do It Yourself will show the crucial elements to building any movable coop, so you can design your own for the needs of your small farm or homestead.

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