How do you prepare chicken tractors for winter?
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I would have a couple of suggestions but by no means do you have to reply to this post:
Chicken wire isn't raccoon proof. So 1/2 inch hardware cloth is basically the only wire that will keep out rats, weasels, and other varmints that like to eat chickens. For digging predators, an apron of hardware cloth is handy (you can see pics of these by googling "hardware cloth apron coop."
Depending on your winters, I'd say they need a huddle box. If you simply place a tiny box in there big enough for all to get in and get onto a roost (like a dog house with a roost pole in there), it will make them very much more comfortable as they can huddle together and not be sleeping in their nest boxes for warmth. You don't want them to poo in the nest boxes.
Just suggestions and I hope you can use this info.!
Fourth pic down has an idea although some people just use cardboard. Anything helps if it reduces the draft of air around them.
Oh OK I am glad you have hardware cloth after all! Many don't know about chicken wire and raccoons is why I like to tell anyone who will listen about it, LOL.
Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 10/8/12 at 6:36pm