Chicken tractors are an alternative to keeping chickens in a fixed pen. Find out more about the pros and cons of chicken tractors. My eBook A Beginner's Guide to Backyard Chickens and Chicken Tractors has more detail about chickens and chicken tractors. Get your copy here.
At first we had a fixed pen
When we first started with chickens, we had an old stable with a tack room, and converted that into a chicken coop, with long star-pickets and chicken mesh used to make a run. As we got more chickens, we kept having to make the run bigger so they would have somewhere the scratch. It is amazing how quickly a few chickens can demolish a run full of grass.
We used to let them out to free-range before we went to work, but then a few things happened. First the dog started helping herself to chickens (we’d come home to find a very “sorry” dog and a chicken is varying stages of being eaten). Then the chickens started crossing the road and scuffing up the neighbour’s garden.
So we had to keep the chickens locked up to protect them from the “killer Kelpie” and threats to “call the council”. Then we started to notice mice around the chicken coop. The mice were not only eating the chickens’ food, but potentially attracting snakes to the area, and as the chickens were stuck in their run and creating a dustbowl.
|The original chicken coop was a extended several times
before we decided to use chicken tractors
We started looking for another solution
|The original of the small tractors being used for the baby turkeys|
More details about the chicken tractors
|One of the large chicken tractors - sized to fit on the car trailer.|
|Inside the large chicken tractor|
|The side door of the large tractor|
|The back of the tractor has wheels for easy moving
and a back door to collect the eggs
Advantages of chicken tractors
Do you use chicken tractors or a fixed pen? Any suggestions or questions?
|How to build a chicken tractor|
|How to use a chicken tractor|
|Chicken tractors vs fixed pens|
|Why you should consider using chicken tractors|
My eBook A Beginner's Guide to Backyard Chickens and Chicken Tractors has more detail about chickens and chicken tractors. Get your copy here.