Country Lore: A Modified Chicken Tractor

This reader approaches a movable chicken pen like he approaches crop rotation.

| February/March 2005


I made a modification to the concept of a chicken tractor (movable pen) in order to more efficiently accommodate one in my garden. Instead of a pen that I move around the garden, I divided my garden into three sections, and put a coop that has access to each of the sections in the center. I use one section each year to raise chickens (like crop rotation).

When it comes time to plant my crops, I move the chickens to another section. Then I buy several round bales of hay or straw, and unroll them in the garden, leaving a small gap between for planting seeds. This takes care of the problem of mulching, and when the garden is finished producing vegetables for the season, the chickens have a field day scratching in the remnants.

Thomas Ledbetter
New London, North Carolina
 

Gale Green
4/20/2011 9:12:27 AM

I liked the concept. . .a photo or diagram would make it more understandable. . . Please include. Thanks.







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