|The Multi-Media Chicken Tractor.|
Our tractor is slightly different from the dictionary definition as I knew I was putting chicks that (let's face it) were really too young to be taken out of a straight-up brooder environment, but I needed said brooder for the Hampies, so the Rhodies moved in early. The modifications I made were to put deer netting along the floor of the run as well to add some protection and keep them from getting out. Or worse yet hurting themselves trying to (chickens are dumb. In case you were wondering). I also tucked a heat lamp up under the roof and above the 'roost' I put in. The heat lamp was on 24/7 for the first week or so, then on a timer so it only came on at night, and now it's off completely. It's 92 degrees outside. I also put pine shavings on the floor as the holes in the deer netting are bigger than the chick's feet were when they went in there and I really didn't need any human-induced injuries. (The shelter part of the tractor has no deer netting - it just sits on the ground)
Why is it called that? I am so glad you asked! Because it is made out of as much stuff as we already had on hand as possible. I would say we still ended up spending about $50 on it, but that does include primer and paint that will be used for other things. It's got an old wall from a shed built in the 40's or 50's (we think - it was the shed of a friend of a friend of a relative type scenario), some roofing tin (from the same shed), shelf brackets and hinges I had, PVC I had, deer netting I had, twist ties I had, cable ties I had, and 2 studs I had. We only really bought the sheet of plywood, primer, paint, a bamboo window screen (from the clearance section at Lowe's and used for the door), and some more screws and glue and such. Hence multi-media.
The Multi-Media Chicken Tractor will be our brooder next year.
|Month old chicks just look funny.|
|In theory, pecking order is not established until the 6 month mark. Like I believe that. These guys are 2 weeks old in this picture.|
|Zora DOESN'T understand the joys of veggies, and would really very much like them to pay attention to HER, thankyouverymuch.|
|Soon this will be a Palace full of Chickens. Mwahahaha.|
This is gonna be interesting....