The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Chicken Tractor Permaculture

Chicken tractor

Our most obvious permaculture technique is our chicken tractors.  We have three of them, and I wouldn't be surprised if we have twice that many in a few years.  For the uninitiated, a chicken tractor is a moveable chicken coop/run with everything your chickens need in a small space.  Each morning, I move the tractors to a new patch of lawn, where they scratch for bugs, engulf greenery, and fertilize the ground.  We get free lawnmowing and fertilizing along with better eggs while the chickens get healthy additions to their diet --- it's a win-win.

Animals are an important part of any natural ecosystem, but most modern farming tries to cut them out of the picture.

This post is part of our Permaculture lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

We invented our homemade chicken waterer specifically for tractors.  Check it out to prevent spilling of water on uneven terrain.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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