Friday, May 9, 2008
The first chicken tractor
David built this for our chickens. I think he did a great job. We copied one we saw on the net. There is a little door in the front to let them out to graze. We have the larger side door for easier cleaning access. And then there is the door behind the laying box to gather the eggs. The chickens are clearly thrilled to be outside. We let them out every morning after we eat our breakfast while the children play outside to help deter the hawks. And the hawks are definitely there. We will hear them or see them after perhaps noticing the large shadow crossing the lawn.
This is a picture of the birds from just a couple of days ago. They grow so fast! It's unbelievable. We need to make more tractors and paint this one. I am not looking forward to having to decide which of our roosters to weed out. We are starting to be able to differentiate the roosters in all the chickens except the Silkies. Too late we learned that it is actually very hard to determine the sex of a Silkie until they are much older and you can catch the rooster crowing perhaps. See the fluffy white Silkies? They are like balls of fluff running across the lawn. We love the personality so far of Silver Laced Cochin Bantams best. They are so friendly. They love to be held and on their back at that to get their tummy rubbed!