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Pastured free range chickens
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DJ    Posted 03-23-2002 at 21:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess some of you have looked into this venture for chickens to sell to restaurants or mail order.........

here's a great link that gives the latest on this practice "or whatever you wanna call it".

Edu Publications

I have seen many kinds of skid shelters for these chickens and there must be an easier way.

Isn't there a way to just fasten some wire around them and put a tarp over them? I would think two people could move it pretty easily. With the money you'd save, you could have two of em so the chickies could be placed in the second one before the first one is relocated and ready for the following day?

Just thinking out(cyber)loud.

Spence    Posted 03-24-2002 at 18:33:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was toying with the idea of building a
4 wheel trailer type of arrangement with wheels for a 12X9 coop. I'd build the standard coop but have wheel barrow type rubber wheels that would lower using threaded rod. Clearance would be no more than 7in when raised. Actually I could use a sledge type too as the tractor would pull it
without any problems.

The run would be a triangular pup tent style 1/2in fiberglass mesh covered arrangement on lite frame either steel or 2X3. I'd locate the house then just move the tent up to the house. It'd keep out the cats and critters (I hope), but they tell me the mesh wouldn't old back a fischer.

Can't be taxed for the house since it's on wheels.

LazyHorse    Posted 03-24-2002 at 05:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chicken tractors can be a s simple or as fancy as your imagination allows. I converted and old dog kennel into one, and it works well. We attatched nesting boxes to the side of the kennels chain link fence so they can continue to lay their eggs in the same boxes all the time. Just drag it forward every day or so.

JoeK    Posted 03-23-2002 at 22:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
This subject(portable chicken shelter) got some discussion here awhile back.The term used was "chicken tractor" which was a small mesh and wood frame movable enclosure.Put "chicken tractor" into Google or such search engine and a bunch of links will pop up.

DJ    Posted 03-24-2002 at 04:55:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
A chicken tractor, huh? Well this information will help me. Thanks alot.

Jon Z.    Posted 03-24-2002 at 05:39:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe there is something about this in the newest Mother Earth News.

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