Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Chicken Tractor

I'm back with a little DIY inspiration today. It was time for Matthew's little chickens to move to a bigger home. We'd been trying to figure out what we wanted for them in this stage where they've outgrown their baby box but they're not yet big enough to be free rangers. My husband and I began researching and he found a really cool design for a chicken tractor on Youtube. Maybe you've heard of Joel Salatin? He has some really simple DIY designs for coops and tractors, believe me when I say we need simple, we really need simple. We are like the worst builders ever!

This little tractor is absolutely perfect for the chicks during their tween period. The tractor is 6'x8' with 1/2 enclosed and half wired. That gives them ample play space and a good amount of coverage for protection from weather or predators. The idea is to move the tractor daily so that the chicks are always on fresh ground, the best of both worlds, they are safely enclosed but free rangers at the same time. It's wonderful! Not to mention they are providing an excellent resource, free poop fertilizer!

It took a day and a half to build, not all that bad, and the chicks are in little chickie heaven. We moved them in yesterday afternoon and they went wild, running, flying and chasing after bugs, too precious y'all. I'll put the link down below to the video we followed along with to build ours just in case you need an easy option for homing your chicks too.

Every time I couldn't find Matthew, he'd be in the tractor with the chickens, hilarious! They look at him like he's a little out of place, go figure. Hope I inspired you today!

Chicken Tractor Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8gvQJENicc

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  1. All the baby chicks are sooooo cute! And the new coop looks great! You've done such a good job. It looks like your little man is a great helper, too. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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