When thinking about a coop for our chickens to live in, we wanted something practical, non-permanent, and space-efficient. We were only planning to have 3 or 4 chickens so we didn’t want to build anything too big or expensive, but we needed to protect them from neighbours’ cats and keep them comfortable.
Looking around the net, the ‘chicken ark’ (or ‘chicken tractor’) concept seemed to best meet all our needs.
To get some idea of the number of variations on the basic chicken tractor, check out this chicken tractor gallery.
I found oodles of resources for chicken ark plans – some of the better ones were these:
- Catawba Coops – urban coops for urbane chickens (lots of great photos, plus you can buy downloadable chicken ark plans)
- Building A Chicken Coop (downloadable chicken coop plans to buy)
- chicken ark plans
- BackyardChickens.com tractor photos
- Turn Old Pallets Into A Chicken Tractor (includes video)
There are commercial options, too, if you aren’t that handy or don’t have the spare time to build a chicken ark yourself. Check out my post Where To Buy Chicken Tractors.
Of course, none of these were exactly what we wanted :-). There were lots of good ideas, though, and we got a good sense of the features we wanted in our own ark. After a few nights spent researching and sketching, measuring and planning, we came up with our own chicken ark plans.
Stay tuned for a follow-up post later in the week…
Oh, and don’t forget – if you are looking for chickens to buy, have a look at my Where To Buy Chickens page.