$2.00 Chicken Tractor

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I'm just tickeled pink with myself. I built my first chicken tractor this weekend and it cost me less than $2.00. I used pallets from Lowes, the chicken wire was given to me by a friend that doesn't have chickens anymore and the labor, though hard (mine), was cheap. Only thing I had to pay for was the nails. My DH and son didn't think I could do it, but I proved them wrong. Now I'll start working on a duck house (still have those 15 ducks and 60 chicks in my spare room). I just love this stuff !!!

-- Lesa in Va (Lemaradd@aol.com), March 09, 2002


Congrats. We have 2 chicken tractors. One is 4 x 12 and the other is 4 x 8. We have 9 chickens in the bigger one and 5 in the other one. We love our chicken tractors. We also let the chickies out every afternoon for about 4 hours.

I just have to get hubby to build that turkey pen now as they will be here next month.

-- Anita in NC (anitaholton@mindspring.com), March 09, 2002.

Lesa, Congratulations! Doesn't it feel good when you pull off something like that?

I use pallets in our fenced area where the chickens free range. By leaning two together and tying them at the top it makes a sort of A- frame that gives the free range chickens some protection in the open field. We have two of these pallet structures in the field and the hens will run under when a hawk flies over.

-- LBD, Maryland (lavenderbluedilly@hotmail.com), March 09, 2002.

ok- what is a chicken tractor? I have 5 hens and 2 roosters we built them a house - with a fence and roof of wire for their yard? maybe I need more?.. thanks - passportt1@attbi.com

-- melody mann (passportt1@attbi.com), March 10, 2002.

Hi Lesa, we have a chicken tractor too built out of pallets. It works great, especially when we have a new mamma and she needs a special place for her and her chicks. We just move her a little each day and her chicks always have a nice green and clean place to grow. Enjoy! Hey, what part of VA are you in? I'm in S. Central.

-- Sharon (chessyemailaddy@notreal.com), March 10, 2002.

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