Moving tractor in wet weather

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tuskajones, May 3, 2008.

  1. tuskajones

    tuskajones Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my chickens outside in their tractor as of today. Looks like
    we'll be having some wet weather off and on for the next few days. My
    question regards whether move them onto fresh ground when it will be
    wet. Should I try to tarp over the next "move spot" for them the
    night before or lay down dry straw on top of the next move spot?
    Fortunately I have good drainage so puddles are not an issue, just wet
    grass. How do you deal with moves and wet ground?
     
  2. Fearlessphil

    Fearlessphil Out Of The Brooder

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    We have had a very wet spring here in Arkansas. With mine a made a plywood platform so they would have a dry area to roost at night. You the don't want to have platform very high not more than a few inches.
     
  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With the tornados and lightning yesterday here in Arkansas our 25 broilers were out in their tractor sitting around the feeders and waterers. They did not seem to care; the top is covered and they have a box at the end to get in. This morning they were awake at 5 am on the wet grass eating again !! We just move it around daily and they love it. As long as they are protected they will be just fine !!![​IMG]
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    The whole point of moving the tractor is to get them out of their own droppings. If it's soggy, then I would lay down some straw in lieu of moving the tractor. If you are making mud by pulling the tractor, then I'd say leave it stationary. Otherwise, move it, then use the deep bedding method.
     

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