You can shell
out hundreds of dollars and get a ready-made
tractor, but Mark has had great luck with making our own for under $20
apiece. This post is the first in a series about how to make a cheap, serviceable chicken tractor. During the planning stages, you should keep these top tips in mind:
- Ignore people who say you should
add wheels to your tractor. Wheels make the tractor hard
to maneuver around your garden and are a general pain.
- Make multiple
doors on your tractor.
Our best tractor currently has two, but I'd like it to have three --- a
door in the back of the nest box for easy egg-stealing, a door on the
top of the tractor so that the hens don't mob you when you drop in
scraps, and a big door which allows a whole human to get in for tractor
repair and lets the hens get out easily if you want them to free range.
- Make your tractor as light as
As the chief tractor-dragger, I have to say that pulling even our
lightest tractor uphill on wet grass often ends up with me on my
butt. Lighter next time, please, Mark!
Of course, you need to
add in all of the usual components --- a
perch as well as a spot for chickens to get out of the sun and
rain. Otherwise, it's pretty hard to go wrong with tractor
construction. Give it a shot --- surely you can build something
serviceable for less than a few hundred bucks!
We invented our homemade chicken
waterer specifically for tractors. Check it out to prevent
spilling of water on uneven terrain.
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