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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Grand Opening of the Chicken Tractor

 

 

An update on Molly, Holly, Lolly, Dolly and Polly. They have a new place to play, the chicken tractor.

My husband built an area for the hens to go out in.  It is light enough and has wheels on it, so I can move it around in the yard and garden.  The hens can eat bugs, dig in fresh areas and leave their helpful fertilizer for me.

  I have worked with the hens since they were chicks. I have them tame, they will follow me outside and I am able to get them into the safe area. When I am ready for them to go back to the coop, I open the door and they will follow me back to the coop. 

I am happy to report the hens liked the time they spent out and about in the chicken tractor. It  is a safe place for them to get some new areas to scratch and eat bugs, all the while they are safe from stray dogs, hawks and other predators. 

 

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."

Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

25 comments:

  1. What a great invention! Did your husband think it up himself?

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  2. This is the cutest thing ever! So clever too! Lucky chicks!

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  3. How sweet that they are trusting of you and follow you and enjoy being outside of the coop. I love all their names. Super cute. xoxo

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  4. Love it! My older hens get to free range, but I keep my little chicks in a tractor until they're big enough to join the main flock in the fall. Chicken tractors are so handy!

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  5. Wonderful!

    Son's next door, have their back yard to roam in. But! Thus, they are able to be killed by a hawk. Which one was.... Your way, is protection!

    🌷🌿🌷

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  6. Molly, Holly, Lolly, Dolly and Polly are so fortunate, the Chicken Tractor is a great idea.

    All the best Jan

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  7. How awesome for the chicks. My grandparents just let their hens roam the yard. Guess their own dogs protected them in the daylight and then in the night they were in there coops. Janice

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  8. What an amazing invention! So fun for the hens but keeping them safe all the while.

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  9. It's so nice seeing a post about your chickens. The tractor idea is great. It's a win win for you and them.
    Hugs, Julia

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  10. Fun stuff! How many eggs do you get per week with five hens?

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  11. You are tempting me to get some chickens!!! I love that you gave them new space

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  12. That is such a neat concept, I love it! I love how you have them trained to follow you too.

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  13. Oh, that last picture is so charming, Carla. I'm glad the chicken tractor is working out for your hens. I love all their names, Molly, and so on. That's delightful. And what a special quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'm not sure I mentioned to you, but I still watch the Little House on the Prairie reruns.

    ~Sheri

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  14. I love it, Carla! Your chickens are so sweet. I'd love to have some someday, too. For now I enjoy visiting my parents' birds. Thanks for sharing yours with us! :)

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  15. Pretty chicken! Nice to see.

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  16. I love this so much! Very lucky chickens to have you two caring for them and giving them the good life!

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  17. They are pampered hens! And so they should be. They are also great looking birds. Kudos to you for being creative and caring.

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  18. They are just so cute and so are you, with your little brood of chicks following behind. Between your pretty name and theirs, I see a darling children's book in your future!!

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  19. I bet they love their "tractor" because they can see you, and you can move them closer to wherever you're working in your garden. So cool you have them trained to go back into their home :D

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  20. I had to read this to know what a chicken tractor is lol. I'm glad they've got wheels now : )

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  21. A perfect set up!! I wish you had someone nearby to gets video of them following you.

    Let me know when you post your heart potato!!!

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  22. Oh, I just love it! and how sweet that your hens are tame and will follow you. I can just picture you and your sweetness with the hens. Bet they love you. Carla, getting a card from you meant so much to me. It was so very sweet. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. We sure miss little Weetie.

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  23. So cute! I love it! How old are your girls?

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High Fives from Wisconsin!