Chicken Tractors

by Almira on February 3, 2011 · 0 comments

Have chickens do your yard work.

Chicken Tractor

Though your fowl darlings won’t actually be pulling a plow down each row as the name chicken tractor might suggest (I can’t imagine them keeping to a straight line anyway), they will do something even better.┬áHere’s how a chicken tractor works:

Pull the┬áchicken tractor along your garden rows or yard to a new spot every so often for excellent fertilizer, while giving your chickens premium worms and bugs to munch on, and allowing them to eat weed seeds in the soil for you. No clean-up required, just refill their water and food, shut their “bedroom” door at night, and collect the eggs! Watch the video below for more details:

Chicken Tractor

Learn more about chicken tractors, their benefits and how to get your hands on one by reading Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide To Happy Hens and Healthy Soil as well as checking out the Q&A section of The City Chicken.

Chicken Tractor

You can purchase premade portable chicken coops at online coop crafters like Handcrafted Coops or build one yourself!

I should also mention that these sorts of animal tractors are not solely for chickens. Though the design is a bit different for each specie, you can build tractors for pigs, ducks, goats, etc.

Photos from here.

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