We built this chicken tractor for the girls – very handy for when we need to do something in the backyard and need them out of the way; or if we want to give the grass in the backyard a bit of a break.
- Made from scrap lumber. All the black rubber bits (e.g. the handles and strap) are old bicycle tubes.
- Half of it is shaded by burlap from old coffee bags (procured for free from a local coffee roaster)
- Lightweight – can be moved by 1 person (although the size makes it easier with 2 people).
- Folds up to be quite narrow – takes up very little space along the garage wall.
It’s always a big hit when the girls are in the front yard in the tractor and people walk by.
A couple articles exploring the possibility of lead in the soil around you home, which could potentially be consumed by your chickens:
The Oregonain article had some useful resources in a sidebar that were not included on the page linked above:
Information on collecting soil samples:
Interpreting your soil sample results:
The peepers don’t see to care for the leftover pork. Perhaps they know it’s from one of their barnyard brethren.