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. Its amazing how quickly a few chickens can demolish a run full of grass. We used to let them out 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 from then on 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, we started looking for another solution.
|The original chicken coop was a extended several times |
before we decided to use chicken tractors
|The original of the small tractors being used for the baby turkeys|
|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
Do you use chicken tractors or a fixed pen? Any suggestions or questions?