Pastured Poultry Pen Build Photos

This year we built four pastured poultry pens from a design I found from Faye Farms in Kansas. This system was popularized by Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms but I found that using PVC made a stronger, lighter, and more durable structure. The dimensions of the pend are 10′ X 10′ X 2′ with 1 1/2″ PVC. We considered making the height three feet instead of 2, but it would have made climbing in impossible for shorter people.

The key to making this pen is using three types of specialized PVC joints that are typically not sold in stores. For the corners you need side outlet three way elbows, the midpoints four way side outlet tees, and to create the door slip T fittings.

After I cemented the PVC joints together, I screwed corrugated steel roofing to half of the top and 1 1/2 sides. This gives the chickens a wind break on two sides. I put chicken wire with 1 inch openings on the rest of the sides and top with zip ties while still being able to open the top door. The bottom stays open.

We use Plasson broiler drinkers and circular feeders filled with certified organic grain. We move the pens every morning and next year I plan on moving them in the evening as well.

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7 Responses to Pastured Poultry Pen Build Photos

  1. Dave says:

    Hi,
    That looks really great–very light and strong. And what a beautiful view!
    I wanted to ask a couple things. How many chickens are you putting in each of
    your tractors? And have you had any issues with predators?
    Keep up the good work,
    Dave

    • Marya says:

      Hi Dave,

      There were around 50 chickens in each pen. We may have had an issue with a predator once. Possibly digging under to get inside, but our farming detective skills prove fruitless as to determine the species of the predator. The pens are strong, but definitely not very light. Josh can move it himself, however, I’m not strong enough.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Marya

  2. Neil says:

    How difficult are they to move? I’ve tried a similar scrap wooden version of a coop but found I was injuring chickens legs on the trailing edge as I slid it along. Any advice or even photos? Thanks.

  3. Nat says:

    Neil,
    We’ve had the same problem with getting chickens’ feet caught under the trailing edge, until this year when I finally welded up a pen dolly like Salatin has.

    I also came across these other two dolly ideas, so if you don’t have access to a welder you could use one of them.

    1. A simple wooden dolley with metal axle, it appears.
    http://www.barefootagrarian.com/?p=430

    2. A regular dolley/hand truck with a wedge of some kind to hold it in place while you pull from the other side.
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/365224/plans-for-salatin-style-dolly/30

  4. josh says:

    Hi Neil,

    I actually just made a dolly, Joel Salatin’s design, that has made moving the pens MUCH easier. We slide this under the pen and pull from the of the side. The wheels lift up the back a few inches so they don’t get caught and makes the whole thing slide smoother.

    I do recommend our PVC version over the wood. More straightforward design and should last a lot longer.

    Here’s a video of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VTQKZSjDRg

    And here’s a photo of what it looks like: http://s394.photobucket.com/user/storypage/media/Freedom%20Rangers/Gradyprocessingday–GoatFieldDay526.jpg.html

    Hope that helps!

  5. Jon says:

    Do you remember what the cost is per pen? Thanks

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