TheCityChicken.com table of contents:

MAIN PAGE  . . . . . . . . . CHICKEN TRACTOR GALLERY  . . .. . . . . . . .PICTORIAL HISTORY  . . . . . . . . . . .F.A.Q. . . . . . . . . . . .ARTICLES  . . . . . . . . . . CHICKEN LAWS  . . . . . . . . . . . BROODING CHICKS  . . . . . . . . . HEN HOUSE of the MONTH  . . . . . . . . .THE SCOOP ON POOP  . . . . . . . . . . . BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS


A picture speaks a thousand words.  So here are over 150 pictures of chicken tractors I have collected!  No blueprints, no descriptions, just pictures.  I hope they inspire your own project.  A chicken tractor is basically a bottomless cage or pen of some kind.  This is so the chickens can scratch (a chicken's raison de etre) and eat off of the ground such things as grass, weeds, bugs, etc.  In the U.K., chicken tractors are called chicken arks.  You can drag or roll your chicken tractor around the yard if you want.  They often feature wheels.  Without a cage bottom, the chicken manure goes directly onto the ground and becomes fertilizer.  Chicken tractors are perfect for a small number of city chickens.  If you don't want to move your chicken tractor, just let the manure accumulate.  Throw fresh straw or wood shavings on top of the poop to absorb any standing water.  When a bunch of layers of litter and manure have accumulated, just move the tractor, rake up the poop with a hard-tined rake, and compost or throw away.  I have had success even giving away my dirty chicken litter.  I put an ad for "free fertilizer" in my local for-sale newsgroup and gardeners come and take it. . . . . .Did you build a cool chicken tractor? Send me your pic! 




"Dear Katy...I found your website and it was inspirational.  I checked about bylaws and was told by a bylaw enforcement guy that poultry was never allowed in the city.   I went online and found the bylaws and had to email him back and let him know that he was wrong...It pays to do your own research...Anyway, just wanted to say thanks; it really was as easy as you said it would be, and my son and I have so much fun with them.  It's an awesome hobby, and when people say to me (as they often do) 'why chickens?'  I say back, 'They eat my kitchen scraps, they keep the yard naturally bug free, they give me fertilizer and they give me eggs, I say why NOT chickens?'...Glad I could share my story.  It was also your site that convinced my wife to let me get chickens, too!  Now THAT'S a testimony!"     ----I.G., Victoria, B.C. Canada

"Dear Katy...Thanks for your input. I appreciate it. By the way, of all the websites I've visited on chickens, I've enjoyed yours the most. In fact, your website is the one that convinced me to get chickens. I'm currently designing a tractor that will suit my needs and it's all due to your website. Thanks a lot."       ----C.B.

Dear Katy…I'm Debbie Sterling, owner of Lavender Fields Farm…What a cute and nice site you have. I would like to start recommending it to clients, mostly for the information it contains.  I think your site is interesting and informative…Great job!” 

"Hi Katy, Thanks so much for the gallery of chicken tractor pics and all the information on your site.  My husband and I just got our first three chickens, and so far, we seem to have been well prepared.  Attached is the tractor I built, mostly using ideas from your site.  Thanks again!  ---Tracy, Ontario, Canada

"Dear Katy...THANK YOU very much for all the wonderful chicken tractor pictures!!   I was wondering how to explain what I wanted. You solved that problem.  Also, I was amazed to find so many different varieties!   Thank you again for all your hard work."      --Y.

Dear Katy,  I just stumbled across your website, and your wonderful collection of chicken tractors!!  I'm so excited.  I feel the times are really changing and we are going back to the veg patches and chickens in the back yard. I'm transforming!  I really want my kids to know and appreciate that vegies and eggs don't come from the supermarket! Thank you for all your effort.”   ---Rachael M., east coast of Australia

Dear Katy, I was informed and amused at times when reading thru your web site…Thanks for the great web site.”    ---J. T., Richmond, VA

"Dear Katy, Thanks for putting up such an informative, encouraging and inspiring site.  I really believe I can do this now."  ----Cyndi M., Portland, Oregon

"Hi Katy, We wanted to say thanks for your website and inspiration.  Your website has helped us to raise 3 city chickens.  Your inspiration has motivated us to build a chicken tractor for ours to enjoy.  Thanks for posting all of the chicken tractor examples."   ---Rob and Jenn, Texas

For some reason, or maybe many reasons, this site seems soothing to the soul. The lady that built this site appears to be a fine person interested in bringing out the quality and character of life and people through simplicity.”    ---Alex W.,  Berkeley CA

"Dear Katy . . . . Thank you so much for taking such an interest in my situation.  And I am absolutely loving your website.  It really watered those seeds that have been laying dormant inside my soul.  Thanks so much. . . . . Yeah, that's it -- I have the chicken bug.  How funny."      ------Jenna G., Orcutt, California USA

"Dear Katy, For you, a haiku, in appreciation:   The City Chicken // emboldens, galvanizes // our inner rancher.   Love your website, all of it!"   ---Wendy B., eastern Idaho

Dear Katy…Your site was so incredibly helpful as I figured out a design for my 1st chicken coop.  LOVE the gallery of coops you have collected.”   ---Dug N., Redwood Cty, CA

"We decided to get chickens for 4-H and 4-eggs too.... I stumbled onto your site and saw all the wonderful tractors and I couldn't build one fast enough....Thanks so much for your site.  It gave me a ton of ideas to help me with my project."   ---B.W., Sumner, Ilinois USA

Hi Katy…What a wonderful site!  Thank you for this web site.  I have been wanting chickens in the yard for a long time but couldn't figure out how in the world to make something small enough for the few that I would need.  These are some wonderful ideas; it is hard to pick a favorite…Keep up the good work!  I am sharing this site with my friends and neighbors!”    ----Ellie C., North Carolina

I think you have one of the greatest sites on the web. It's very informative. I love all the pics of the chicken tractors…I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your site.”    ----K.R., LaCenter, Kentucky

" I would like to submit my chicken tractor pic for your site.  I have thoroughly enjoyed your website and it is where I did most of my research on how to design my chicken tractor…  Sorry I don't have pictures of my ‘TheCityChicken.com’ sticker on the coop, but it's on there now! Thank you again for your wonderful site.   ---Kristi M., Citrus Heights, CA

TheCityChicken.com table of contents:

MAIN PAGE  . . . . . . . . . CHICKEN TRACTOR GALLERY  . . .. . . . . . . .PICTORIAL HISTORY  . . . . . . . . . . .F.A.Q. . . . . . . . . . . .ARTICLES  . . . . . . . . . . CHICKEN LAWS  . . . . . . . . . . . BROODING CHICKS  . . . . . . . . . HEN HOUSE of the MONTH  . . . . . . . . .THE SCOOP ON POOP  . . . . . . . . . . . BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS