DIY Sturdy Easy to Move Chicken Tractor for Raising Grass Fed Broilers
This is a neat spin on a chicken tractor. It is made using the Salatin style, (Joel Salatin is an American farmer and author of many books on holistic farming.)
Regardless if you’ve been keeping chickens for many years or you’re just getting started with a chicken coop, you will need a chicken tractor. If you don’t know what chicken tractors are, these are moveable coops that don’t have a floor.
Chicken tractors are enclosed, so these are predator-proof, which is usually woven wire over a PVC, metal or wooden frame, yet without a floor. A chicken coop enables chickens to scratch and graze freely. This one is super sturdy and be pushed along the ground to fresh pasture.
To make chickens comfortable, it’s easy to set the water inside and provide covered boxes at one end, enabling chickens to have their private space to lay eggs. Normally, these aren’t intended to be permanent housing for chickens, yet temporary. Other folks use them seasonally while some might use them for several weeks or days out of the year.
Chicken tractors must be big enough that it requires actual tractors to move the chicken tractor while some are small that one person may easily move it. However, depending on the number of chickens you have, make sure to determine the right size suited for your needs.
This tractor is based on info from Joel Salatin’s book Pastured Poultry Profits. The books will show homesteaders how to raise chickens for profit.
The synopsis says ” A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future. “
If you’re homesteading or farming on a big flock, it only makes sense to invest in a bigger chicken tractor.
If you want to enjoy all of the benefits of a chicken tractor, you can create one on your own.
Jenna of The Flip Flop Barnyard showed a step by step guide on how you can make a DIY chicken tractor. It’s a good choice, especially if you want to save money. All you have to do is to follow the steps provided. She and her husband share a video showing how they built the tractor and their little guy Jacob helps. What a cute little helper he is too.
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