Chicken tractors! Have you heard of them? :D

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Chicken tractors! Have you heard of them? :D

DreamWolf DreamWolf
I hadn't even heard about such a thing until my OnlyMaster found some on the net, and got sooooooooooooooooo enthusiastic that now W/we are building one!

Have you or have you not heard about it before?
05/31/2012
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js250 js250
Have never heard of these before. Googling!!
05/31/2012
GONE! GONE!
I've never heard of it before either!
06/01/2012
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
Never heard of them, what are they?
06/01/2012
Modern^Spank^Anthem Modern^Spank^Anthem
not a clue
06/01/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Hell ya I know what one is. lol

Here is a good example of a Chicken Tractor


The idea is that you can easily move the chicken coop and run around your yard, this provides great fertilizer and allows the chickens different areas to peck. This also keeps them safe from predators and keeps them from tearing up the lawn.
06/01/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
My Dad wants to get chickens and do that hahaha! It seems like a lot of work, but a good idea to me.
06/01/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Ryuson
My Dad wants to get chickens and do that hahaha! It seems like a lot of work, but a good idea to me.
Once the coop and run are made they are not much work, feed is pretty cheap too. We spend about $12-13 for two months worth of feed during the summer, about the same per month in the winter. We do free range ours so they get lots of bugs to eat (Yay!) so don't need as much food. Plus, we get three eggs a day, that almost 8 dozen eggs a month. The savings of buying eggs pays for the feed!

Plus they are fun to watch and can be quite friendly if raised from chicks.

If you are interested, check out Back Yard Chickens, tons of great info and a wonderful forum too. I would be happy to tell you about ours as well.

06/01/2012
brevado brevado
That's one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.
06/01/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Once the coop and run are made they are not much work, feed is pretty cheap too. We spend about $12-13 for two months worth of feed during the summer, about the same per month in the winter. We do free range ours so they get lots of bugs to eat ...
So cool! I want chickens. My Man says no.

We have a Malamute, and they are really predatory, and he's afraid "not only will all the chickens have names, but the Dog will spend all his time trying to 'get the chickens' and he will succeed and then you and the kids will be crying and you'll never eat chicken again."

Yeah. But, we'll have free eggs!

Tim, how do you keep them hydrated in the winter? We don't get quite as cold here in Chicago as you do in the U.P. but it can get cold. My only fears would be cleaning the coop and keeping the chickens safe and warm and hydrated, especially in the winter.
06/01/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
So cool! I want chickens. My Man says no.

We have a Malamute, and they are really predatory, and he's afraid "not only will all the chickens have names, but the Dog will spend all his time trying to 'get the chickens' and he ...
Dogs can be a problem, we have two Lab mix and a Min Pin (I'm sure you know). While the Labs where curious about them the Min Pin was the one we had to curb. What we did was get the accustomed to each other when the chicks first came around. Holding them in our hands and letting the dogs sniff them seemed to work pretty good, along with firm guidance for the Min Pin.

Winter is not so bad as far as most chickens go, some tolerate cold better than others so you have to conciser that before getting them. I built the coop with insulation on the floors and walls so that helps. I also built a small platform for the watering bowl and have a small lamp that I can put in to keep it from freezing. We change the water every other day too. Also, I put about 9-10 of straw on the floor for bedding as an extra insulator.
06/01/2012
xOhxSoxScandalousx xOhxSoxScandalousx
Never heard of that. lol
06/01/2012
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