A chicken tractor is a small chicken coop designed to keep around 3 or 4 birds and be light enough to be moved around a backyard by one man alone

A Chicken tractor is a small Chicken Coop designed to keep around 3 or 4 birds and be light enough to be moved around a backyard by one man alone. It is also referred to as a Chicken Ark. These days Chicken tractors are becoming popular among poultry farmers and enthusiasts alike because of the important benefits that they have to offer. Typically Chicken tractors are 4 feet long and 3 feet wide while being 3 feet high. They do not have any floor so that the birds inside can have easy access to the grass below.

Why a Chicken Tractor is so important

Chicken tend to attack grass weed, pests and bugs for food and confining them inside a tractor means they will have to work in just the area covered by it. In this way you can have all those nasty elements removed from your backyard easily and without spending any effort. Another advantage here is that Chicken droppings tend to provide nitrogen rich manure for your soil. However you must remember that chicken tend to scratch the top soil away  for taking sand baths if left on a place for too long, so be sure to “drive” the tractor around your backyard so that all the corners may benefit.

Constructing a Chicken Tractor

A Chicken tractor is probably the easiest to make. All you require is some lumber and chicken wire and you are all set. Be sure to provide plenty of space for your birds. The minimum recommended area per chicken is 4 square feet so keep that in mind before you make your tractor. Many persons have also equipped their tractors with wheels for making it easy to move around.

When ready, the tractor should allow for at least 3 to 4 chicken and also it should not restrict air and sunshine. Always keep a waterer and a feeder filled up in the ark. Also keep in mind the predators that might be prowling your area. The chicken wire can defend the birds from birds of prey but you will have to keep an eye out for land based predators.

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