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Moving a chicken tractor
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Gaylee    Posted 09-07-2004 at 11:21:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ok, this is probably a silly question to oldtime chicken farmers, but what do you do with the chickens while moving a chicken tractor? I like the chicken tractor idea, but can't figure out the dynamics of it. We currently have chickens in a pretty large pen, but they have picked it clean. Also, 14 of our "pullets" have turned out to be roosters. Can't eat them as they have been treated as pets since day 2 of their lives. Any suggestions?

JDK    Posted 09-07-2004 at 12:10:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to have a "bottomless" "chicken tractor" yrs back about 4x10 ft.2 people moved it,chickens inside,by just lifting it a couple inches and moving it whichever way,to "new" pickins".I've also seen em on lawnmower type wheels with the height adjusters.Just raise em and slowly roll em,the birds will walk along inside.
Note# To Chas/others wondering,a "chicken tractor" is a moveable cage type pen w/o a bottom.When the chickens pick over the area inside,you move it a few feet.Protects birds from predators and keeps em from wandering.

Peanut    Posted 09-07-2004 at 11:46:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your 14 roosters may become a problem for you ... they certainly will become a problem for each other if they are in the same pen/flock area/free range.

Try caponizing (removing the testicles) the roosters that you dont want part of the egg fertilization process. You can get "do it yourself" caponization kits which are basically: 1) Knife to make incision, 2) Rib spreader to expose the intestines, 3) Membrane scaper to scrape the membrane/sac around the intestines so you can move them out of the way and expose the testes along side the roosters spine, 4) Forceps to grab the testicle so it can be twisted out.

This will give you a Capon (rooster without all the spit & vinegar & attitude). Capons get much larger than fertile roosters and without the aggression. They usually keep the beautiful rooster plumage too.

Your area vet will probaly Caponize if you aren't up to the challenge. BE WARNED - Caponizing is backyard surgery. It is possible to slip up and kill a rooster during this process. If this happens, you can still dress out the bird for eating.

PS - The caponzing process should expose both testicles with one incision. If it does not, you'll be making an incision on each side of the bird.

Chas in Me    Posted 09-07-2004 at 11:36:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
No suggestions here cause I don't know what a chicken tractor is. Does it have wheels and run on methane from Chicken p**p? Maybe it is real little and a chicken pulls it. Is that what they mean by pullet? Can you till the ground with one?
Just kidding, but really don't know what a chicken tractor is.
Chas, fueling up his other kind of tractor and his belly, up here in Maine.

r    Posted 09-07-2004 at 13:20:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chas, a chicken tractor is probably the dumbest named critter on earth,, having said that, it's a portable chicken pen with fenced in area, usually with no floor or chicken wire floor. That way the birds can range in safety, eat grass, and bugs. When they've cleaned an area, or pooped it all up, ya just drag it to some new grass and set er down again.
Now how that ever got a name like a tractor is beyond me, but I do know them chickens can't even move themselves, let alone turn a furrow.

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