Chicken Tractor Update

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Articles
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We’ve made pretty much progress on the chicken tractor even though sometimes it doesn’t look like it, and now we are working on the hutch. We have two walls framed and one almost completed. On the two walls that are framed, we still have to nail plywood on and cut any holes we need to for doors, windows, etc. For the other wall that’s almost finished, we already have the sheeting on, so we simply have to cut a hole in the plywood for a door.

Those three walls should be completely finished soon. Then we have to build a fourth wall which is going to be a little bit more difficult, because we’re going to have small egg-laying boxes hanging out of it. After that we’re almost done, but we still have to build the roof for the hutch and the entire run, which shouldn’t be too hard. With any luck, the chicken tractor should be finished easily by the time warm weather comes so that we can get our chickens right away.

In case you don’t know, a chicken tractor is a chicken house that you can move around. If chickens are kept in the same place for too long, they tear up the grass because they always scratch the ground looking for food. So if you can rotate them using a chicken tractor, your grass should remain intact and bugs should always be plentiful. If you look at the pictures above, you will see an account of the progress we have made since the last entry on the chicken tractor.

Also, we read that if you maintain a compost the chickens will scratch around in there for their food, making grain purchasing unnecessary. We have had compost piles in the past for our garden, but we are really stepping up our compost production. We’ve planned for four different compost areas in our backyard for the chickens when we get them. We got the idea of using compost to feed the chickens from this video. It is pretty interesting to watch.

  1. Andy Oldham says:

    Good luck with the chicken coop guys! Let me know how it works out when you are done 🙂

    Please keep my family in your prayers this week. My wife’s father passed away today and she is quite upset! He was 96. Thanks!

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