* collapsible, adjustable chicken tractor

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Chickens.

We want to put the chickens to work weeding.  They seem to think the lawn is very tasty, unfortunately, so they need to be corralled to a certain spot.  Just the job for a chicken tractor!  Mark had the brilliant idea of making it collapsible so we could easily stash it out of the way when not in use.  We came up with this hinged design that folds up plus allows you to adjust the width to accommodate different areas of the yard.  He designed it and built it all in an afternoon.  It’s essentially 2 frames with plastic fencing stapled on.  The frames are joined by hinges.  The endcaps are pieces of rigid fencing that install on hooks.


It turns out that Lester is a little escape artist and was able to fit through the endcaps, so Mark ziptied more plastic fencing and added extra hooks to close gaps.  That contained her for a while, but she was still able to escape.  This weekend we plan to do an experiment to see how she’s getting out.

Note that the purpose is to keep the chickens in, not to provide any serious predator protection.  Despite the photographic evidence below, The Chup does not seem to be much danger to the chickens (he’s scared of them).


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