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More notes on chicken tractor design

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The main roost is now enclosed on three sides with a roof. I used aluminum flashing for the first layer which will keep it sealed and reflect some of the hen body heat back. Flashing is cheap and a joy to work with. It can be easily cut with a common pair of scissors.

The outer layer is some scrap carpet that worked out really well on the other two tractors. It seems to provide a nice layer of insulation. If you don't have any scrap carpet handy and you're not the type to scrounge for some at the dump then I recommend a section of that astro turf carpet they use on miniature golf courses.

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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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I would love to see some larger photos. Maybe when you post the final version?
Comment by Everett Wed Mar 11 11:46:17 2009
Good point! I think Mark's hoping to make a little slideshow with the whole construction process once he finishes it so that you can get all the details you need. He's on the home stretch of the construction now!
Comment by anna Wed Mar 11 13:07:13 2009

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