I'm looking to get my first chickens. I'm trying to determine how "big" I'll go.
Here are the specs:
2.25 acres + >1 acre common area (meadow) where they can forage
Regular sightings of red foxes and hawks
8+ hens at least, but room to grow is good
I'm officially allowed up to 20 hens
I was originally looking to go bigger (18-20 hens) and get a permanent house/run to be able to handle more hens. Now due to my wife suggesting that I not start so big, I'm looking into other options. If I went we a 4x4 tractor (8-10 hens), I can move it daily and not have to decide on a permanent location. Another nice thing about the tractor is that it is about 1/2 the price (not a huge factor)...but also less than 1/2 the chickens (maybe not too few).
Isn't a tractor less safe since predators will be able to potentially dig under considering that my lawn is not 100% level?
Those of you who have tractors, do you eventually get to a point where you stop moving it regularly?
Edited by B34N - 5/13/16 at 5:56pm