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Chicken Tractor Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rose66, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Rose66

    Rose66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking of building a chicken tractor so my chickens can spot graze around our yard. How do you get chickens to go from their permanent coop/run into the chicken tractor? Do you have to carry each one by hand or do you butt the tractor up to the permanent fence and shoo them into it or what? Thanks!
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is just a few, you could carry them, but, I'd probably build some sort of tunnel to funnel them through to the tractor.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Put some treats inside it.
     
  4. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right now we are carrying 6 chickens daily.... not fun anymore.... especially when the chickens aren't happy you are carrying them.. not to mention getting chicken poop on you from where they have stepped in it.... [​IMG] Sorry for not painting a prettier picture. But it is what it is.

    our permanent quarters are not positioned to where we can get our tractor to it to corral them.... too many trees makes it too tight. I have tried to corral them but that was scary with my cat watching not to mention they naturally want to forage freely NOT be locked back up again..lol...but hey chasing chickens makes for GOOD exercise..

    honestly unless you have just a couple or you have chickens that love to be carried I would design it to be pulled right up to the door so they can go right in and THEN move it where you want it.
     
  5. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wait until they roost at night and then just pick them up and take them to the new tractor. No chaising required.
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I herd my flock, using a long handled poop scoop in one hand and the long handled poop pan in the other. Once it became a routine, they head straight for the tractor and go right in (well, all except for "Wrong Way" Scooter...").

    What was tricky was last summer all nine slept in the same coop, but in the daytime I herded the 5 younger chickens into one pen and the 3 older hens into another. It wasn't always easy to get all the right chickens into the right pen.
     
  7. sanchoman

    sanchoman Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I think your chicken math is off...
     

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