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Does moving a tractor cause confusion?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blooo, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. blooo

    blooo In the Brooder

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    Most of my backyard is a steep hill; there are only two flat spots where I can put my soon-to-be-built chicken tractor. The two flat spots are about 20 feet apart.

    I'd like to be able to move my tractor every week or so, from one flat spot to the other. I currently free-range my chickens whenever I'm home.

    Does anyone know if moving the tractor 20 feet all at once instead of incrementally, will cause my chickens confusion? Will they know where to find their coop?
     
  2. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    I wouldn't expect them to be confused given that it's only 20' apart. Unless there's significant shrubbery inbetween the two spots, I'd think they'll do fine in locating the tractor.
     
  3. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

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    It hasn't bothered ours any. About once a week, we swing it around to start a new 'path' and we've moved it as much as 50 feet.
    The girls love it when we move it--they get so excited! new grass! new bugs! new things to do & places to see!
    I've never had problems with them finding their way back to 'home base' when I let them out in the evenings to stretch their legs.
     
  4. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    TerriLaChicks....how far do your girls wander from your tractor?

    I'm thinking mine are old enough now at 7.5 weeks for me to think about letting them out one evening about an hour from dusk.
     
  5. blooo

    blooo In the Brooder

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    My chickens are 8-9 weeks old, and have been occasionally free-ranging since around 7 weeks. they usually stay within 20 feet of the coop, but i've seen them go as far as my fenced yard allows.
     

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