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Chicken tractor improvements

fixing the nest box on a chicken tractor

The bottom of our chicken tractor nest box collapsed this weekend.

After fixing it this morning I made a holder for a 2 gallon chicken bucket waterer.



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Do you have problems with raccoons? My neighbor has tried chickens for almost 10 years and every single time except this last time (when it turns out the "hens" were roosters. Oy!) raccoons figured out how to get into the chicken tractor (which is really very well built) and EAT them.

Got any suggestions?

Comment by Nayan Tue Aug 19 08:35:54 2014
Nayan --- We get raccoons if we put food scraps in the coops that are further from our house. (They come for the scraps and stay to eat the chickens.) So we keep our tractor no more than fifty feet from our door and give those hens all of our food scraps. Between the proximity to us and Lucy's increased patrols in that close-to-home region, we've never had a predator problem with our tractor.
Comment by anna Tue Aug 19 13:01:31 2014





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