8 x 15 Chicken Tractor Plan

Introduction

Whether you are an urban farmer or simply someone who loves fresh eggs, raising your own chickens can be a great way to reduce environmental impact while ensuring that the animals you raise are both treated well and fed properly. Building your own coop is a great way to go, as you can control the construction quality and save money, especially if you are a good carpenter and enjoy the challenge. This design is one of the best and most convenient. It looks attractive in a yard, and it is easily accessed by both you and your chickens. The simple directions are easy to follow and take you through the entire process step by step. The illustrations are clear, and even the most basic of carpenters can produce a lovely, practical coop. This lean-to style, a fully-enclosed chicken run is approximately 8 feet by 15 feet in dimension, and it can house up to 8 chickens. It is stationary, and it will take about 4 to 5 days to build, depending on your skill level.

The instructions include a materials list and easy to follow directions. If you are the kind of person committed to raising your own chickens and eggs, then you are probably willing to take on the construction of your own coop. This is the plan to look at first because of its practicality, simplicity, and affordability.

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Materials you’ll need

  • Pressure-treated material
  • Mounting Angles
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Plywood
  • Wire mesh
  • Roofing profiled sheeting
  • Roof metal painted gamble
  • Hangers
  • Threaded Stud
  • Washer
  • Bent washer
  • Mounting plates
  • Siding board
  • Galvanized nails
  • Hinges
  • Handles
  • Lock
  • Wheelbase
  • Trilateral mounting bracket
  • Double-side mounting bracket
  • Nut

Step 1 – Assemble The Bottom Frame

1.1 Assemble the frame using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material. You will need two boards cut to 12′ that will be the rim joist and four boards cut to 3′-5″ that will be the joist.

1.2 Secure the beams into the frame with 2×5″ wood screws.

1.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
8x15 chicken tractor floor framing

Step 2 – Framing The Coop’s Walls

2.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut four studs and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.

2.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ corner braces and 8×1″ wood screws to secure the corners.

2.3 Make sure the corners are 90 degrees using a carpenter’s square or speed square.
8x15 chicken tractor walls framing

Step 3 – Framing The Aviary’s Walls

3.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut eight studs and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.

3.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ corner braces and 8×1″ wood screws to secure the corners.

3.3 Make sure the corners are 90 degrees using a carpenter’s square or speed square.
8x15 chicken tractor aviary's walls framing

Step 4 – Assemble The Aviary’s Top Frame Joists

4.1 Provide the top frame joists using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″pressure-treated material.

4.2 Make the round handle from the dowel 2″ diameter and put it in round opening.

4.3 Secure the joists to the top frame with 4×5″ wood screws.

4.4 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90 degrees.
8x15 chicken tractor aviary's top framing

Step 5 – Assemble The Coop’s Top Frame

5.1 Using 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated material, cut four joists and assemble using the illustrations below as a reference.

5.2 Use 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2″ corner braces and 1″ wood screws to secure the corners.

5.3 Make sure the corners are 90 degrees using a carpenter’s square or speed square.
8x15 chicken tractor coop's top framing

Step 6 – Assemble The Roof Frame

6.1 Use 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ material to create six rafters for coop.

6.2 Use 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ material to create collar tie for coop.

6.3 Use 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ material to create the ridge board.

6.4 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws and assemble the roof frame.
8x15 chicken tractor roof framing

Step 7 – Install Coop Doors

7.1 Assemble the two vertical frame and one horizontal frame from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2 ” with 2×5″ wood screws according to the drawing.

7.2 Install door trims from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ with 2″ wood screws according to the drawing.

7.3 Prepare and install starter course from the pressure-treated lumber with cross section 1/4″ x 3/4″.

7.4 Prepare the 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards in the required amount according to the drawing.

7.5 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

7.6 Install three 3″ door hinges using 2×1″ wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching 4″ surface bolt and 6″ door pulls.
8x15 chicken tractor door

Step 8 – Installing Corrugated Roofing

8.1 To cover the roof will need 30 ft2 of the corrugated roof panel.

8.2 Fasten the panels with 1 1/2″ sheet metal screw with neoprene washer.

8.3 Prepare and install metal roof ridge caps according to the drawing.
8x15 chicken tractor corrugated roofing installation

Step 9 – Wheel Base Assembly

9.1 Drill six holes in studs.

9.2 Insert and secure the threaded stud in the hole. Secure it with mending plates from both sides. Put on wheels and fasten them according to the diagram.
8x15 chicken tractor wheelbase assembly

Step 10 – Decorate the Coop

Don’t forget to choose the desirable paint for your mood and the colors of your yard. Decorate your chicken coop by giving it a unique and stylish look.

8x15 chicken tractor

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