The Evolution of a Chicken Tractor

I am a huge advocate for tractoring fowl. I remember seeing my first turkey tractors in Amherst, Massachusetts nearly 20 years ago. I thought they were odd at the time. Now I am a 100% convert.

I have even written about tractoring chickens for Fix.com: https://www.fix.com/blog/raising-chickens-at-home/

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We have made all of our tractors out of scrap wood. The first one was heavy and clunky.

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We have revised and streamlined the designs over the years. This one is lighter, but small and a little wobbly.

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I really like this one because it is large and easy to move. But the both sides were already assembled from a previous life as a ladder-like object. This design was a one-off because of the nature of the materials.

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At this point I have pretty much settled on this design. I have been reluctant about triangular tractors up until now, but in terms of materials used, strength, weight and even a built-in rain water collection system, I am keen on this design.

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Water falling on the roofing iron runs off into the suspended can. It won’t keep it topped up all the time, but it helps. Additionally, I like having the water can suspended as it moves with the tractor and does not spill. Sweet as.

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If you live in the Manawatu, Whanganui, Rangiteki or Horowhenua regions, you will be interested in attending a DIY chicken tractor workshop in Palmerston North on Thursday of this week. See the Permaculture Manawatu FB page for details. https://www.facebook.com/PermacultureManawatu/

 

Peace, Estwing

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