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Chicken tractor capacity debate

update on the winter chicken tractor

We've had three hens in a chicken tractor all Winter so far.

They seem happy and healthy, laying an average of 2 eggs a day between them.

Anna and I had a small debate on the number of hens back in the Fall. I thought 3 would be pushing it and maybe cramp their style, but she was sure they would be fine and I'm happy to report that I was wrong. Turns out two is company but three is a party.

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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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How large is this tractor and do you let them out in the winter? We have a tractor that looks to be smaller and I'm thinking about putting at least two chickens in and letting them out of the tractor in the winter (summertime is too iffy because of the garden and a myriad of predators).
Comment by Karyn Sat Jan 18 09:57:41 2014
Karyn --- Our cooped and pastured hens go out in the woods in the winter, but these biddies are tractored because they weren't behaving, so no free days for them! The tractor is maybe six feet by three feet. You can see Mark's complete building of it here (and then by following the links at the bottom of that post).
Comment by anna Sun Jan 19 11:33:33 2014

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