Last year in this post I said I would upload plans for building broiler shelters. Well, funny thing happened…I got busy building and farming and stuff like that. A year later, it took a blog reader to remind me that I never got around to uploading those plans. Well, here they are! I know a lot of people are interested in knowing how to build these, so I hope this is helpful. All credit for this design goes to Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm and Tyler and Bradd Jones of Afton Field Farm.
For some pictures of the building process see my previous post . If you have any questions that are not addressed here, let me know in the comments below.
One note about using PALRUF corrugated PVC : this stuff is on the spendy side, but I think it’s worth it. It’s much lighter than corrugated metal siding, and it is durable. In our small town we could only find it at Home Depot.
I don’t appear to have saved a close-up picture of the dolly that is used for moving the pens. I will take a picture of it (I really promise this time!) and take note of the dimensions so that it can be replicated easily. The dolly is the genius part of this whole project. It allows a 120 lb woman like me to be able to move the shelters effortlessly. (Granted, I can pull them without the dolly but it’s pretty backbreaking, as my chiropractor bill will attest.)
Without further ado, here is the link to the plans. Go grow some chickens!