How we built our chicken tractor coop from scratch.
I set my oldest son to working on this project. He had no prior training, and we looked at and then dissected a million ideas for chicken coops, which we discussed for a couple of weeks. He also had no adult help other than what insights I could pass along.
Anna White’s Homemaker blog has chicken coop plans. I couldn’t get my son to follow her plans—he already had his own method in his head. But ours turned out close. We were also going for the budget coop, so we did not use any extra plywood, but simply built an inexpensive frame. This is generally how my son built it.
I bought him these general supplies:
12 8 foot 2 x 4s
1 roll of chicken wire
1 large aluminum sheet
1 set of hinges
a box of screws
First, he built the frame in a chicken tractor style, adding a rectangular frame for a door. Again, for more detailed construction of the frame, see the plans listed above.
Then, he cut the aluminum sheet in about half, nailing it to the back section of the coop for shelter.
Third, we added the chicken wire, we set an old dog igloo in under the shelter for a nesting area, which we added a nesting box to later. We tied the feeding and water containers to the top beam and added a utility lamp for heat while the chickies were younger for the cool nights.
The chickies were quite happy to be here, and transitioned easily from the brooder box to their new home.