Chicken Tractor and Coop for Less than $20.00

 

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Learning how to use the saw. Measure Twice Cut Once.

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One sheet of plywood, $16.00 at Ace Hardware.

Chicken Coop Pallets

The chicks have been in the house in this dog kennel – but it’s been 4 weeks and those girls are getting a mite stinky! Here is a Pallet with a frame.  We’ve been hounding local businesses for their plant frames. We’ve built several coops with them as a frame. You can usually pick one up for 1-5 dollars. I think this one was a dollar. Hubby picked it up. You have to be able to load it when they call!

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Jon wants the coop painted, he choose Blue.

Chicken Coop Pallets

As you can see in the above photo, we have been collecting pallets to make a pallet barn. The boys are going to use a few of them as a walkway in the forest.  We made a few cuts and additions to the pallet crate. The coop part is 16 5/16ths by 24 by 45.

Small Chicken Tractor

Here’s the chicken tractor we made. A smaller Pallet Crate. Jon likes moving it around the yard. It is a nice size for 3 chickens. Right now they are only 4ish weeks old. They have a good view!

Small Chicken Tractor

Small Chicken Tractor

Jon likes to bring them worms and such. They love to see him comin!

 

Small Chicken Tractor

Pallet Chicken Coop

Pallet Chicken Coop

Hinges for the side door.

Pallet Chicken Coop

This is the spot that will change, These three pieces are here to make a warmer night time spot for the little pullets. We will unscrew these boards and make nesting boxes out of them. The side the walls are on hinges to help with egg collection and mucking out the coop.

Pallet Chicken Coop

Pallet Chicken Coop

We have little clickable latches for the doors, but the fog was rolling in heavy, cold and wet, so we did a quick latch system.

Pallet Chicken Tractor

So – Two Pallet Crates from a local store that sells Planters, they were the shipping crates. One sheet of plywood.  We measured several ways to get the project down to one sheet. We still have some plywood left too!  Two rolls of chicken wire, on discount, the wrapper was really disgusting, but the wire was nice inside, I’m glad we took a chance. Oh – and a container of t50 staples and a box of screws.  One Chicken Coop, One Chicken Tractor. One happy happy little boy!

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6 Responses to Chicken Tractor and Coop for Less than $20.00

  1. Pingback: How to Build a Pallet Chicken Coop: 20 DIY Plans | Guide Patterns

  2. Bethany says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for this. We’ve been wondering how to get it started.

  3. Catherine says:

    What a great job your boys have done!
    It is a lot of work though.

    Your young ladies look very cute! 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool! Good job guys! It looks great! :0)

  5. pebblekeeper says:

    I’m not gonna like, watching an 11 year old build this took 10 times as long and I really should have had some sort of relaxing drink first! He did really well with verbal instruction until evening when we were both really tired and cold. In the end, I think he’s learned alot through planning, measuring, building and following through!

  6. Debra says:

    This is awesome! I need to get Connor going on building something…
    I’m to the point of suggesting he start really small just so he starts.

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