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Chicken tractor construction tip

chicken tractor plastic nettingThe new chicken tractor only got an hour of my attention today, but it was a good hour.

Green plastic netting is my new favorite material for covering these things. It's easier to cut and manage than traditional poultry wire and I think it looks better. Small dry wall screws seem to be the perfect choice for attaching the larger corner sections of the netting to a wooden surface.

It's always a good feeling to see a rough design in my imagination go from mental chalkboard to reality. I'm tossing around an idea of maybe building another tractor after this one and offering it for sale on Craig's list complete with hens. Of course that would depend on how broody our new hens will be once we get a rooster. The first generation of Golden Comet girls just refused to go down that road. Maybe it was something last year's rooster said or did?

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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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Thanks for posting this design. I have seen many but really like this one. be sure to enter me in the Spring Giveaway. I love your Website - thanks for all the helpful info!

Comment by Jackie Sat Mar 28 14:32:10 2009
Thanks for your kind words about the chicken tractor --- this is definitely my favorite version of the five Mark has built so far! I've thrown your name in the hat.
Comment by anna Sun Mar 29 19:02:09 2009

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