Day range vs. chicken tractors
intriguing chapter in Raising Poultry on Pasture reported on a side by side
comparison of the two main ways of raising poultry on pasture --- the chicken
tractor versus day
range. The chicken tractor system was popularized by Joel Salatin
and consists of keeping chickens in portable chicken coop/run combos
that are moved to a new patch of ground every day. Andy Lee is
the father of the day range model, which traditionally houses chickens
in normal coops but rotates the birds through pastures radiating out
from the coop like daisy petals, usually taking advantage of
electrified poultry netting to make paddocks that can hold the birds
for a few days or weeks at a time.
Our chicken waterer rounds out our birds' comfort with clean water.
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