Can you guess what this is?
Last year I bought these supplies to make an 8' x 10' chicken tractor for broilers and never got a chance to finish/use it.
Well now it is almost finished, other than the roof, door and wheels which can be added closer to go time. All told, it cost about $130 in supplies. We bought supplies to make a second one, so that we should be able to raise 100 broilers at a time.
It went up pretty fast, Isaac and I built the frame in about three hours and I spent a couple more hours attaching the wire and cutting pieces of tarp.
And I LOVE the design so far! It is nice and light, but rigid. Compared to the wooden rectangle designs I had in the past or our heavy A-frame, it looks like a good compromise of function and easy moving. We shall see if it stands up to backwoods Willamina conditions...
...please deer, do not decide it is a trampoline or a bed. You have already not been kind to our new fence, you lazy fleabags.
Here is the website where I found the chicken tractor plans.
Baby broiler chicks will be arriving in just over 3 weeks!
Now please turn to my handsome Hubby here, surveying the weekend's other project...
I love cows. Wayyyyyy muchly.
In fact, I had a chance to sit outside their pen, cows came over and started licking my offered hand, beautifully feathered chickens curiously came up to me, the sun was warm, grass was green...
I missed these moments intensely the past 4 years, though I tried not to dwell on it.
THIS is the good part of farming. Makes all the effort worthwhile.
The temperatures have been so warm the past couple weeks, looks like it will only be another week or so until I can move cows out!