PORTA-PEN DIY PORTABLE POULTRY TRACTOR PLAN
The foremost feature of this project is that it can be moved around the yard by one person with little effort, so for those living the simple life it means no All-Terrain Vehicle or petrol powered tractor is required to relocate the tractor. Another important feature is the breach-proof design created from strong wire frame construction and deployable anti-digging flaps that prevent tunneling underneath the unit.
This entire project can be built using hardware purchased from any farm supply or hardware store, and like all of our DIY plans, you will only require basic tools to build it yourself. You can build this human movable poultry tractor outdoors using only an angle grinder, a hand drill and any basic welder.
Besides the galvanized fence tubing and hog panels, the rest of the project utilizes recycled components such as bicycles parts and scrap tubing so you can build on a budget using the parts you have on hand. There are no machined components required.
You can utilize practically any type of wheel and hardware to make your landing gear, including the inexpensive bicycle components shown here, which can be salvaged from an old bike or purchased new from any bicycle shop on a budget.
There are no hard to cut angles, or components that require high precision on this DIY project, so an angle grinder is the only cutting tool you will require. The design is very easy to alter. You can create a portable building to suit your own requirments.
The locking and pivoting front steering system is built from recycled bicycle components and a few pieces of steel tubing. The front landing gear allows the entire building to be lifted and then steered by a single person just by pushing on the handlebars. The unit may be the size of a bus, but it steers just like a bicycle, and can make a fairly small turning circle.
Because most of the frame and walls are made from hot dipped galvanized steel, the structure will offer a lifetime of service. Unlike wood, there will be no rot or damage from moisture or insects, so you can concentrate on your livestock instead of a long repair list.
This human movable building is green in so many different ways! You won't require a gas powered vehicle to move it, it can grow your vegetables, and it will keep fresh green grass under the feet of your poultry at all times. DIY means building a better life!