Inaugurating the Giant Chicken Tractor

The Ark is finished!  We towed it into place on the night before Christmas Eve.  Moving it was a whole family affair: Junior rode on my back while I drove; Rosebud took pictures; the Moose appointed himself inspector.  Mr. Caffeinated provided the brawn. I don’t remember what Natter did.

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The chickens finally have living space that is hawk-proof (we lost one to a hawk at Thanksgiving), dog-proof (we hope), easily moveable (with the tractor), and is partially covered so that they can get some sun but have somewhere out of the rain to play.

When we get all our add-ons done, we’ll be able to feed and water them from outside the coop!  Obviously, we’ll be going into the coop frequently… but on those days when we’re in our church or town clothes and need to do the chores quickly without getting dirty, this will be really convenient.

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Each bird has over 10 square feet of living space.  Not that they spread out a whole lot… but they have room to eat grass, run around, fly a bit (they can’t get far, even when they aren’t in the Ark), dust bathe (that’s what the white tub is for), and generally be their own little chicken selves.

We plan to move the ark once or twice a week, depending on the weather and how fast they wear out the grass.  We can house up to 30 birds in this arrangement.

Why is the “Ark” and not the “tractor”?  Three reasons:

1.  Chicken tractors are generally smaller, for 3 – 7 birds.  Since ours is considerably larger, we felt like it deserved a larger-sounding name.

2.  It kinda-sorta looks like an upside-down boat.  I was originally thinking of calling it the Barge, but while we were building it…

3. … the chickens kept looking over and yelling, “Ark! Ark!”

So – I blame it on the hens.  They named it!

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I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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5 Responses to Inaugurating the Giant Chicken Tractor

  1. Annie says:

    That is a snazzy-looking coop. I’m glad you clarified that it is larger than average. I was going to look into chicken tractors for the spring, but ours will definitely be a smaller affair, at least till we know more about what we are doing. :)

    • dep31 says:

      Our first coop/tractor set is for three birds. We used it when we still lived in Kirkland. We started out with three, to get our feet wet, and I’m very glad we did! That was the perfect number for us, for learning on. After the first year, we felt we were ready to branch out to a larger flock.

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