2011年7月5日火曜日

chicken tractor

Free ranging the two big chooks is going well-ish. The well part is that they are having a grand time. The -ish part is they keep running away. Well I guess you can't really call it running away when there is no fence in the first place but I have explained again and again- big weedy patch around our house- ok, neighbour's well manicured garden/ apple orchard/ barn- absolutely off limits. Well, I think the chooks have spent too much time hanging out with Meg and Amy as they nod and cluck and then just go ahead and escape to the neighbour's anyway. I am ready to call the police and report myself as a dodgy looking person as I creep around holding a saucepan full of chook food, shaking it and stage whispering 'here chook, chook, chook, here chook, chook, chook!" trying to roundup escapee chooks without the neighbour's knowing I've lost them again...

Thinking how much more hassle and less fun this will be when we have seven chooks to round up instead of the present two we needed a new system. My first idea was a 2m fence around the entire block. K wasn't so keen. Probably because there is a bit of a precedent of me having big ideas and him getting to implement them. Can I help it if I'm such a good ideas person? Party pooper or what, huh? My backup plan was a chicken tractor. A portable daytime only playpen for the chooks. Each morning you place it in a different position in the garden and the chooks do their thing weeding and scratching and pooping to their heart's content. The advantages are that the chooks get somewhere new to play every day. Not quite as exciting as free range sure but they can play even while I'm at work or gardening at the big paddock or rice paddy which is a big improvement on their current play outside only while I'm around the house so I can continually round them up again system. The advantage for us is to be able to use the chooks as free garden labour. Really concentrate their attention in one area to boot. No need to explain weeds-yes, lettuce seedlings-no when you can plonk them in a patch of weeds safely caged off from the lettuce seedlings.

That sounded much more doable to K and so he whipped this up for me:


It's perfect, very roomy, light and portable and the chickens are loving it. Now I just want two or three more.

And darn it, why didn't I think of this when Amy was a toddler?

Talk about a missed opportunity!!

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Xana さんのコメント...

So, do you think I will be able to put Kaya in with the chickens, or will she need her own? :)