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New chicken tractor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Charlie Frown, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Charlie Frown

    Charlie Frown New Egg

    Apr 19, 2012
    I built my first chicken tractor for my daughter's 3 hens with the intentions of getting them out of a fenced in run and on some fresh grass (I have a large yard). The only problem is that these three hens are tearing the grass up down to the dirt in less than a day. I was hoping to only have to move them every couple of days.

    I haven't covered the bottom with hardware cloth yet. I am wondering if that will help prevent them from completely destroying the grass (or at least slow them down some)?

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    How large is the tractor?
  3. Charlie Frown

    Charlie Frown New Egg

    Apr 19, 2012
    21 sq ft or so.
  4. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    Once you have a hardware cloth bottom on it they shouldn't be able to tear the sod. I have 6 in a 3 x7' pen and it would take several days for them to do much damage. I move it every day or so and there is no damage.
  5. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wartrace TN.
    I keep 14 in 60sf and move the coop every 3-4 days with no damage. One mobile coop has Ameracaunas, and another has Barnevelders.
    Maybe they are lacking something in their diet that has them digging. Hardware cloth will lead to foot problems. But really it sounds like a feed problem.

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