Pastured Poultry Shelters and Houses

Joel Salatin shares the portable pastured poultry shelter design for broilers (and layers) in his book Pastured Poultry Profit$. They are 10'x12'x2' and designed to be moved every day with the aid of a dolly. 

The Salatin shelter is a reliable housing design and a starting point for raising 70-75 broilers per shelter. Additional housing designs have built upon the pastured concept (frequent movement and fresh grass) pioneered by Salatin. The most common variation of small-scale pasture housing is to use  a multi-purpose hoop structure.

Pastured Poultry Shelter Designs

Multi-Purpose, Mid-Size Pasture Shelter

Pastured Poultry Systems Comparison

Hansen cattle panel pen (shelter)

Creative growers 10x12 pasture house

Egg Mobiles

Egg Mobile from Stone Barns

Download CAD Drawing of Stone Barns egg mobile.

Hoop House Egg Mobile on reclaimed trailer: Extracted from Issue 105 of the Grit, this article describes the construction of a egg mobile. 

DIY community roll-out nest boxes: A PDF of an article published in APPPA Grit Issue 86 by Mike Milligan. "These nest boxes are an inexpensive alternative to commercially available roll-out or standard nest boxes. They are gimbaled to maintain proper functioning while on uneven pastures, which commercial boxes do not offer. This size nest box will accommodate 200 hens."

External Resources

Cattle panel hoop house by Robert Plamondon. PDF instructions.

Hoop Pen for Pastured Poultry by University of Kentucky.

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