Chicken tractors in winter
"Do you actually have chickens in the tractor during the winter or do you have a non-portable chicken house where they reside until spring? If they're in a tractor, do you move them every day or periodically despite the snow, sleet, wind and gloom of night?"
All of that said, tractoring chickens in the winter is a bit more work. If we had snow cover all winter, we wouldn't do it since there's be no point --- the tractor would just be a small stationary coop. Even in our zone 6 climate, we still have to change out waterers daily in freezing weather in the tractor rather than using a heated waterer, which adds to the daily work load. So, no, tractors aren't quite as easy as cooped up birds.
On the other hand, it's
handy to be able to fertilize the garden directly with a tractor during
the fallow season. As I mentioned earlier, it's nice to be able to
ground bad birds slightly less permanently than if we ate them. And Lucy
thinks it's particularly nice to get her daily dose of chicken manure
when I move the tractor. (Yes, I move the tractor every day, unless it's
Just remember to put a tarp over the tractor before it
snows rather than afterwards and you'll be all set. And if you're going
to have to leave your tractor in one place for more than a few days,
treat the hens to some leaf bedding. Oh, and do be sure to keep them on
dry ground if at all possible.
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