Monday, May 30, 2005

This is a "Florida Chicken Tractor". It's nothing more than a portable, roomy pen with an open bottom. The open bottom allows the birds to get at the weeds and bugs in the lawn. At the same time, they are fertilizing a 4 x 8 foot section of the lawn. The pen is moved a couple times a day, typically once in the morning and once in the evening. There is a good book, "Chicken Tractor", by Andy Lee and Pat Forman that details different types of chicken tractors. Mine is pretty simple, but it works. I am going to add some old lawnmower wheels to make moving it even easier.These chickens are technically "free range" birds. Any freer and they'd probably be dead by now from the raccoons, foxes, and coyotes that pass through my woods. The white rooster in the center is "Gandalf". When frightened he runs in tight circles...he'd be toast if allowed to run free. He's been working on his crowing though and it's getting better.  Posted by Hello


thingfish23 said...

That's it. I'm building one.

Time to hit Google for some plans.

What a cool idea. We've been wanting to do some husbandry, but we have varmints around here that'll make short work of chickens.

I'm guessing that the contraption isn't bear-proof, though!

doubleknot said...

Glad to see some one else using this method for chickens. Only way to keep them safe. I did let mine out when I was cleaning and feeding the rabbits so I could watch for varmints but they always went right back in there house when I put some food down for them.