After spending a few minutes browsing the internet for ideas on how to house your backyard birds, you’ll probably find that there are an unlimited number of options. Our backyard homestead is just half an acre, and we are very mindful of the fact that it would be easy to mismanage the space to the point of destroying our little ecosystem. So we had a few important features we wanted to build into our chicken/duck tractors:
1) We didn’t want a permanent location for our birds. The area inside the pen would become a muddy, poop covered space, and we would constantly have to muck it out, not to mention the smell!
2) I had built a few rabbit tractors the year before, and although we loved the design of those pens for other reasons, they were really too heavy for Dani to easily move every few days, so since she is the primary care-taker during the week, we needed our bird tractors to be light.
3) If we had unlimited resources, we would probably have a full blown farm. Since we have a pretty tight budget, we needed the material expense to be reasonable, and we didn’t want to have to go out and buy any special tools to build it either. In addition, the pen needed to last a long time.
4) Finally, we are always having people over for barbeques and other outside activities, so we didn’t need any eyesores littering our tiny space.
The design we came up with fits all these specifications, and the first one we built has been serving us perfectly for almost two years now! Let me show you how easy they are to build.