Last Monday night I noticed a half broken down pallet in my neighbor's front yard. It had two boards left on it. I thought that I could make a quick chicken tractor out of it. I took the two boards off and put them on either end to make a solid rectangle. I had some 3/4" PVC pipe that I had for making a quick hoop in the garden. I screwed the pipe to either end making a hoop at both ends. Then I screwed small pieces in between each hoop to sturdy it up. I got some bird netting and stapled it around the perimeter. I tried to bunch the netting at the corners to make it sturdier there as well.
This has worked great to allow the chicks to be outside during the day (in the shade). I have avoided putting them out during the rain since there isn't a tarp for protection. However, the last two days it has not rained when I get home from work so I have put them out then. They get to be around the big chickens and hopefully this will make their transition into the big flock an easier one.
It was a quick easy solution. Since I salvaged the pallet, used PVC, screws and staples I had on had, I only had to buy the netting. It was $7 for a good chicken tractor that I will probably use as a hoop house in the fall.