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Chicken tractor longevity

chicken tractor disassembly procedure pictorial


I took apart one of our first chicken tractors today now that we have our flock on a forest pasture rotation system.

The walnut logs were rotting pretty bad, but the rest of it felt like it had another few years left in the game. I was especially pleased at how well the pieces of carpet held up under these conditions.

It was a concept that served us well back when we first started out with poultry, and pulling the tractor back and forth between gardens really helped to clear multiple areas that now have patchs of lush grass.



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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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