Joel Salatin Chicken Tractor Plans

by brenda on June 12, 2011

Joel Salatin Chicken Tractor

We just processed our first batch of chickens for the summer. This year we are doing about 300 birds. My husband built a chicken tractor like Joel Salatin’s last year.

We wanted to share with you the rough plans that my husband drew up in Visio to go with Joel Salatin’s Pastured Poultry Profits . The book describes how to build the chicken tractor in Chapter 10, The Pen, but in a paragraph form. My husband used that paragraph to draw up these plans.

You’ll need to read Pastured Poultry Profits to fully understand how to build it, but we’re hoping these plans will help you get a visual. These plans are not intended to replace Mr. Salatin’s awesome book! :)


Joel Salatin Chicken Tractor Plans (pdf) 

Joel Salatin Chicken Tractor Plans (Visio)

(Use the plans in Visio if you would like to modify them yourself)





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  • Jeri Fay

    I am confused… a chicken tractor? What is it used for? Are you selling chicken?

  • brenda

    Yes, we sell chicken! :) We are chicken farmers–at least, we raise a few hundred a year. :)

  • Gelatts

    I am interested in how you package your birds for the freezer. Do you have a picture?

  • Brenda

    I don’t have a photo right now, but we use plastic bags with hog rings. We are not totally satisfied with this, because the birds seem to still get some freezer burn after several months. We’d love to find another solution! Thanks for asking!

  • Laureldc

    How many chickens do you keep in each tractor? How often do you move your tractor?

  • brenda

    We keep up to 100 (usually around 80) in the chicken tractor & move it once per day. Thanks for asking!

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  • Roz

    YES! We need to build this right now and even though I have Pasture Poultry Profits, this makes it so much easier!

  • Pam Barone

    Duh, you don’t need to buy a book or software to build a chicken tractor. You can draw a square and go to the hardware store. If you’re using a saw, you will also be using a carpenter’s square and simple math.

  • Old Country Boy

    A friend, who is now passed on, was a butcher. For his own use he rapped meat in plastic then with several layers of news paper. I do this now with good results. My local Rural News is made with heavy paper. Works very well, also I use paper flour and sugar bags.

  • Kansas

    Thank you so much! I have Joel’s book but was looking for the plans. Now I’d just like to be able to find his photos in colour, the b&w’s aren’t that great for my old eyes. :)

  • Robert

    Thank you. I’m using the plans now. How did you frame out the two doors on top?

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