While the image of a bird or rabbit chugging along on a John Deere, and many people I talk to this is their first thought, but this is not what I mean. A chicken or rabbit tractor is a ground cage typically made with PVC pipe or wood and covered in such away to shelter your livestock. These devices are not all that bad, or hard to make and can be a great addition to your homestead. I recently made 2 of these tractors with a slight modification or two in ways that I thought it would help for my needs. There is a lot of modularity in the design and I plan to put together a how to post when I build out a few more so I can refine my building technique.
The reason I was building tractors is that we got some polish chickens from some new friends. We were offered these birds when we picked up our cat Ren. Separated from the rest of the flock as they were smaller and not getting along with the other chickens, or so we were told we accepted these chickens. Lisa has been wanting chickens for some time now and getting some grown birds helps with the learning curve as well as puts us in eggs quicker.
So update on the kits I bought we have lost 5 of the 6, with Pepper being the lone kit left. Pepper will be moving out of quarantine in a few days, as they are not showing any signs of illness. Monday we will be giving a nesting box to Delilah and hope to have kits a few days after that. Rita Hayworth will also be placed with Rogers to see if we can get a lift from her.
-After writing this post before reading for the edit Rita escaped again and we are not pursuing as hard this time as she did not lift when we put her into the cage with Rogers