|Chicken Tractor - Coop section is well underway.|
|Roofing tarp going down before the spacers with metal sheeting as the roof.|
|All the details coming together nicely. This is the very heavy part of the chicken tractor.|
|SMILES! Lyla and Howdy both have big smiles. They are entertained by the chicks.|
The chicks are in a tub that is placed inside our bathtub.
|Howdy has stayed so long watching the chicks, he's falling sleep while|
standing up. He won't walk away. He's gone into herding/observing mode.
|As Deputy Dave builds the Chicken Tractor, the chicks sleep in our|
bathroom. The "grow" light is held and adjusted by our camera
tripod, which works quite nicely. This is a temporary city chick coop.
|These birds never stop. Peck, scratch and peck some more.|
|Little cuties, before they got big enough to do real damage.|
Using chicken poop to fertilize the garden is great, as long as there are tomato plants left to fertilize. What's the point of having chicken poop in the garden if the chickens are the only ones enjoying the harvest? That doesn't make much sense to me. Our small vegie garden cannot hold up to the beating that seven big birds dish out most every day. The garden is screaming to be rescued. And the long drought is not helping.
This is when a mobile chicken tractor is valuable, it can give your chickens the chance to get some free-range enjoyment while allowing your garden to remain intact with ripening tomatoes.
|Shaye, our niece, is helping with seedlings as her Uncle David works on|
building the chicken tractor. At least she will be able to say that she's
been around chickens and knows a thing or two about them, personally.
|I can somewhat lift the cumbersome chicken "tractor" portion; I could at|
least move one end, then the other, then the other and so on, until I
positioned it where needed. But, I can forget trying to move the coop portion.
Another important aspect of a chicken tractor is that it helps keep the roosters loud crowing under control and this is great for city roosters who benefit by retaining their backyard address. When our roosters have free-range of the backyard, their aggressiveness increases, so they crow more loudly throughout the entire, long day. However, when they are in the chicken tractor, it's sort of like they are on a leash, and their aggressive attitude is also on a leash.
|He builds and I paint. Then, I REALLY paint.|
I'm thinking, the next chicken tractor should be a chicken tractor robot. I have it all planned out...it could have a hydraulic lift system with wheels similar to those on a jet...they come out at the press of a button and then retract when the moving around is finished; and I could have a joy stick to move the tractor with a one-finger control, then I could really have fun. Another back-up plan is to build a chicken tractor that can be somehow attached to the lawn tractor or a four-wheeler and moved about without it toppling over, maybe a low-profile design that can be dragged a bit. I think the birds better hang on for the ride. Hmmmm..thinking.
|Here is the frame of the chicken tractor during construction. Very cool.|
|Wrapping the chicken tractor with chicken wire.|
The good thing about Deputy Dave is...he builds and builds and builds and always finds ways to improve what he's already done with near perfection and if he can't protect his chickens with shelter, he'll probably set up for a few nights of sniper duty. But, what do you do when a fox is sneaking around? I don't know how we'll manage to protect our birds while living in the midst of wilderness on our land. It will definitely be a challenge. But, I'm up for it.
|Staying near our land so we can get in some good fishing.|
My youngest daughter walking the dogs.
I love it out there and have been partially living in the Big Thicket since I was a small child.
I'll be fine in the wilderness as we start our farm, as long as Big Foot keeps his big feet off my property.
On that note, today I am super happy to be a backyard farmer in the city as I think about defending my tomatoes!