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Wheelchair chicken tractor progress

Wheel chair chicken tractor progress.

I made the walls for the wheelchair chicken tractor out of green plastic fencing.

It bends and rubs against the grass to keep predators out and the chickens in.

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That plastic fence looks flimsy to me. My neighbor had made a heavy-duty tractor with hardware cloth etc. and it was pretty heavy. The raccoons got into it anyhow and ate every... single... adult... chicken. How you do keep predators away? (besides having a dog?)
Comment by Nayan Wed Apr 5 15:25:22 2017
I'm with you, Nayan --- no way will this green plastic keep predators out. In my opinion, tractored hens are like chicks --- they need to be kept close to the house. Here's hoping that even without Lucy's assistance, our activity within the core homestead will keep troublesome chicken killers out.
Comment by anna Thu Apr 6 18:32:37 2017

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