I’ve heard it said that the eggs that come from the chickens when using one of these chicken tractors are just a side benefit. Given how much our family, and many of our neighbors, have enjoyed this “side benefit” this past winter, I’m really looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their raison d’être.
We and the chickens may have some disagreement in the interpretation of that purpose. From their point of view, it is being chickenish with a bunch of other chickens in their fowl community, lolling about rich pastures eating a smorgasbord of grasses, legumes and bugs while apparently deriving great delight flicking loamy soil on whoever happens to be standing behind them. (I’m just guessing) Of course there is a good bit of concerted effort on behalf of their chicken progeny which works well to break up a day of full time eating.
From our point of view, they are completely consuming the cover crop that was planted last fall on the vegetable garden, “dispatching” many of the bugs that may prove to be competition for the little seedlings soon to find that garden as home. They are turning it all into a rich fertilizer for said young plants that they then “till” into the soil at the proper depth so as to not destroy the structure of the soil. What a gift it is to be able to sit back with our morning coffee and watch all of this take place and then to be the beneficiaries of a lush garden as a result of their efforts, not to mention a really nice omelet. We feel blessed by chickens in spite of the often erratic 3 AM wake-up call.
For all you CT enthusiasts looking to benchmark our communal best toward the ultimate in mobile chicken accommodations, here are my two cents:
Thanks for the picture, Ted and Kaori. Nice work. The taller sides with larger access windows I’m sure makes for easier cleaning.
Another thoughtful and creative chicken accommodation from Mike Bannon and family in Nashville. Good process pictures from foundation to complete Chicken Chapel! A new take on the wheels. “The biggest change I made was I built out wheel wells inside the coop so the axle would be concealed. I used 24” mountain bike wheels (walmart brand) and then used “T brackets” found in the building supply department of Home Depot for the axle mounts. I did have to grind out a pocket for the axle bolt but it works really good.”
Thanks Shawn for the very creative Chicken Bus…makes me want to sing..”The birds on the bus go……