Thursday, April 1, 2010

The "No More Secrets" Chicken Tractor

Well, the secret of the chickens lasted about a whole hour after I left for work before the lovely wife asked "What did you kids go and pick up at Ken's house?"

Of course, my lovely daughter told her the truth, as I had instructed her to do if asked. It went over very easy (since they were birthday gifts- all of you out there who want chickens but have spouses who are against the idea- have someone you know give them to you as a gift- it works great!).

And now the chickens have their own chicken tractor! Woo Hoo!!!
For those of you who don't know what a chicken tractor is, keep reading. If you do, just skip the next paragraph.

My chicken tractor is rectangular box 1825mm by 850mm by 850mm. The sides are 30mm plastic coated chicken wire, and the roof is a combination of netting and steel roofing panel. It has no floor, so I can drag it around my orchard to fresh grass every day. I made it in four panels, and just screwed them together with 65mm coarse thread screws. All in all, it took about an hour and a half to build and set up. Of course, the nest box is not installed yet, that should take another half hour or so. It was a lot of fun.

The chickens love the new pen- Hot, the hen, was eating tons of green weeds and scratching for ants, while Dog, the rooster was keeping a wary eye on the big guy who so rudely grabbed him and his wife by the legs and carried them upside down to the new tractor.

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