How to Build a Chicken Carrier

Now you can transport your chicken in style.
Now you can transport your chicken in style. (Image: Images)

When it comes time to transport a chicken, attaching a leash and walking it like a dog just won't work out very well. Instead, making a convenient wooden box with plenty of airflow and a handle for carrying it will work out much better. With a few common tools and some supplies found from your local hardware store, you can make your own chicken carrier that will last for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood sheet (1/2 inch thick)
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer and nails
  • One door hinge
  • Sliding lock
  • Rope (10 inches)

Cut two feet of plywood off the end of a full (4-by-8) sheet, then again in half to give you two 2-by-2 squares. These will become the top and bottom of the carrier.

Cut a square in the middle of one of the 2-by-2 squares, measuring 8-by-8 inches. Attach the hinge to one side and the sliding lock to the other, and mount it back into the 2-by-2 square. This will become the top of the chicken carrier, where you can place and remove chickens. Drill two holes in the small square, pass a length of rope through each hole, tie off the ends and create a carry handle.

This type of lock will allow for easy access to your chicken.
This type of lock will allow for easy access to your chicken. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cut out 24 rectangles from the remaining plywood sheet, each measuring 2-by-24 inches. These will become the sides (slats) to your carrier.

Nail the 2-by-24 slats to the bottom of the uncut 2-by-2-foot square. To do this, stand the square upright, perpendicular to the ground, and nail the end of the slats into the edge of the square. Space them evenly with 2 inch gaps between them.

Nail the top on by nailing the other end of the slats onto the other square, nailing through the slats, into the edge of the square. This will be the top, with the handle and lock on the outside of the carrier.

Put your chicken in the box, close the lid and slide the lock closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bigger carriers could carry more chickens but will become heavy.

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