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What in tarnation is a chicken tractor? — 34 Comments

  1. That’s a very neat contraption BW! I wish I had a moveable chicken yard when I had my chickens years ago. Love your new hens, especially the red one. Hope the captain mellows out about your new girls.

  2. I’ve heard of portable pens, but never heard them referred to as a chicken tractor.
    Make sure you park that tractor near the fig tree often. FREE FERTILIZER!
    I receive eggs frequently from a man at church. I don’t know what breeds he has, but he gives me mostly brown eggs. But…in every carton he gives away he puts at least 1 green egg in it.

  3. What a great story! Your new hens are beautiful. I can’t wait to see them. I had a chicken tractor during my days on the farm in Covington. Yours is a much nicer version of the one I built.

    We’re headed your way. We’re driving as I speak through west TX hill country.

  4. I always loved those green or speckled eggs. Especially at Easter. One less color to dye! Mom had about 24 hens and there was always one trying to set. She finally got rid of all of them since she couldn’t chase them down and the neighbors dogs/cats were killing them. She has rabbits now!

    • Rabbits don’t lay eggs, and I could never kill one for food unless it was my only choice of protein for my family! But we used to raise show rabbits!!! Well, the kids did for 4H.

  5. I shared this with some of the “chicken folks” over at weather underground. There are several who are really involved with them, and smart about raising them. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the post!

  6. Very nice BW,I am sure you will enjoy them,now go cut you a nice switch,(I like saw palmetto stems) show it to the Captain and tell him you are going to wear him out with it if he gets near YOUR chickens.

    • Oh wow, palmetto stems. Hm. I wonder if I had used those on my boys, would I have been charged with child abuse? Those things are BRUTAL!!!!! I hear ya, Ronnie! But he wont’ be threatened by that . . . I’ll threaten to take away his TV privileges if he gets near my chickens!!!! He stopped by the camp Tuesday and said, “Hm. I didn’t know you had chickens over here.” To which I said, “Chickens? What chickens?” And I hope he got the idea. This is my slogan: NOYB= None of your beeswax!!!

        • Thank you,been very busy with our spring soft shell crab season BW,I have been reading but not much time to reply,every other day we leave here at 3 am and drive to Jacksonville to crab and get back around 6 to 7 pm.

          • Mmmmm. Haven’t cooked soft shells in a very long time. How much are they going for wholesale down there? Man, you are working too hard, but you gotta get, while the getting’s good, right?

  7. A friend and I were laughing last week about this article:
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/29/chicken.sitter.mnn/index.html?hpt=C2#

    Be both also raise what I was spelling as “Airacondas” LOL Obviously I couldn’t spell it correctly. Raised ’em strictly for the novelty of green eggs, all the kids’ think they are cool. Even had a couple make Show & Tell at school. The teacher said it was the spinach that made green eggs and ham, and my niece corrected her. I get now about 1/2 & 1/2 green to brown daily.

    I never saw a movable pen before. I just have a chicken yard. The hens here won’t use the nests. I have probably 100 of those white 5 gal oil buckets and the hens prefer those. I guess its more private down there.

    As to your lost chickens maybe its the predator birds. I lose probably a half a dozen a year to hawks, owls, and eagles, (especially just before cane season). Old neighbor said to get a goose or guineas and it would cure the problem but….. I, like the predatory birds, don’t think the noise is worth the hassle. I just count it as part of the cost to have fresh eggs.

    Fresh eggs are definitely the way to go.

    Going green? The chicken “droppings” are the world’s best fertilizer. Seriously!

  8. Would you believe I received an “Ag” catalog in the mail today with portable chicken pens. They didn’t have wheels though. Just 4 short handles, so it’s a 2 person job. The handles are so short, you’d have bruised shins after every move if you didn’t shuffle your feet. I’d pick wheels any day!

  9. Blu had about 125 chickens as a baby of 5. 5 years old and 5 siblings. Also hatched fighting cocks, $1 apiece for males I kept hens. I sold about 30 dozen eggs a week to egg buyer not counting family use . Never had Araucana’s but had plenty others including giant white rock hybrids about 3 feet tall. Get some Guinea hens TiDu will like you for ridding the place of pests. And they are very self sufficient. Baby chicks in all the fleet farm stores here now. Hmmmm… zoning laws grrrr….

    Deeply and profoundly jealous but only 13 months from ‘living the dream’

    Great tillers for garden too.

    These are camp birdies, eh?

  10. Apologies for swerving away from the chickens, but I wanted to be sure everyone saw this. You may already know about it, but I didn’t want to assume.

    There are regular spots on Houston radio these days about the coming litigation with TransOcean.
    I managed to write down the website address and checked it out when I got home. This is from the initial paragraph of the online notice:

    A New Orleans federal court is overseeing litigation against companies involved in the oil spill and has approved the content of this notice. A trial will be held in February 2012. The trial will decide whether Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, can limit what it pays claimants under Maritime law.

    To preserve your ability to recover money damages against Transocean and include your claim in this trial, the Court filing deadline is April 20, 2011.

    If you had a personal injury, loss of earnings, property damage, business loss, or other economic loss from the oil spill you may be able to participate.

    You can find the notice and more information here.

    This is NOT the same as the GCCF claims process.

    This may be old news to everyone, but since it’s suddenly all over the radio, I thought it was worth bringing it over. It may be that a judge has just approved the notice being posted.

    • This is information I have not yet seen anywhere. So, yes, thank you very much for sharing with the readers here, me especially! Selfish of me, eh? I will look into it and see how it might apply to my businesses. Thanks again, Linda!

      • Oh. It just occurred to me…

        Is it possible they were legally required to post notice, but chose to do it in the Houston market, where…ummm…fewer people actually affected by the spill would see it?

        Just sayin’…… 😉

        • You gotta wonder, right? That’s why I thank you so very much for being so thoughtful of us folks down here. I forwarded on to an attorney friend who will see this on Monday and I’m sure he will respond to me ASAP. Will let you know . . .

  11. You are not being selfish at all but, a shrewd and conscientious business woman.

    I watch the news and read the paper but, hadn’t heard about this either. Good luck to all effected by the spill.

    ps: those who suggest guineas are right about the riddance of pests. They didn’t touch the plants in the garden like the chickens did but, all the fleas, ticks, grasshoppers, ants, etc. were on their menus. And, there eggs are very good also. Thick shelled but, good.

  12. BW-I used to have some of those chickens and also som true aricaunas(slightly different looking) also blue/green egg layers. I used to sell my eggs and one lady always wanted me to save the green/blue ones for easter so she didnt have to dye eggs lol. At one time I had 48 hens and 2 roosters. One of my roosters also got very mean and spiked me one day. EJ had a cure for that- Gumbo! When I got home from work the next day He (the rooster,not EJ) was in the pot. The chicken tractor looks cool! have fun with your chickens-I really enjoyed mine for many years, until EJ got so Ill they became more than I could handle. then they all went in the freezer and made many pots of good yard chicken gumbo.(Yard chicken gumbo is the best kind of gumbo!)

  13. I can mail you a rooster! The one next door that wakes me and the dog up every morning at 4:30 a.m. can be gladly mailed to you. Oh wait, I don’t want to be woke up by him in June on vacation. 🙂

  14. Where can I get directions to make this wonderful contraption. We have seen a similar one on the internet but can’t get directions to make one. Any help would be appreciated. BTW where do the chickens go when you move it?

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