Chicks in tractors
In the past, we've had
trouble with losing such tiny chicks to predators when we put them out
in the coop, so we had discussed doing some serious predator proofing
with hardware cloth and shutting the chicks in at night for a
while. Then Mark came up with a better solution --- why not use
one of our old chicken
tractors to let the chicks enjoy pasture while living right outside
our back door where we and our dog could keep a close eye on them?
Unfortunately, the skies opened three hours
later and heavy rains sent the chicks scurrying for cover. The
sheltered part of the tractor --- perfect for adult chickens --- was
too open for our half-feathered chicks, and they soon started piling on
top of each other in distress.
Our chicken waterer has kept our chicks healthy despite highs in the 90s.
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