Anyway, since we purchased the Horde of 19 Easter Eggers, and Monkey was an absolute ass about everything, he drew the short straw. He was relocated. We researched chicken tractors, looked online, and frankly I thought they were overpriced for the amount of and type of materials and labor needed to build one. I also wasn’t happy with the quality or safety. After our event last summer, safety is a huge issue. http://www.theschultzcompound.blogspot.com/2012/07/rest-in-peace-hooligans.html
How we got to this repurpose project;
We ran in to a really good deal on tile for our home. The tile came in 4 wooden crates. Those crates sat full in our garage for a couple of weeks, when the Moose came up with the idea of using those crates to create a bachelor pad. They are heavy duty crates, and when flipped upside down become the right height for chickens to sit under and scratch throughout the day. Especially for one incredibly grumpy rooster. It also provides additional security with the cross pieces.
The Moose purchased some scrap pieces, about $30.00, from the local hardware store. Along with a few pieces already at The Compound, that’s all we have invested in a total of TWO chicken tractors.
They have flip up sides, so we can get in and out for feed and water. Chicken wire runs around the bottom perimeter, and we place concrete blocks on those to keep animals from digging under. Every week or so, they are moved to a new green, grassy area.
After Rooster Cogburn decided to fight with Pig Pen, he has a new residence as well. I’m sure they are not happy being alone at this point. We do have plans to expand them, so we can breed them with some of our girls when the time is right. We also have a set of wheels to install, still to be worked on. We’ll let you know how that goes…Not bad for about 30 bucks!