The Truth About Chicken Tractors

I just came across this video - let's just call it "The Truth About Chicken Tractors" - and I thought I would share it with you.  It gave me a bit of a chuckle.  The man in the video is a bit upset that his chickens are doing what they do best (eating!), and from the sound of it, he is seriously rethinking the whole portable chicken coop idea...

So, what do you think?

For those of you who love to garden, your birds will obviously love to feast on the leftover plants and bugs in your garden beds, and as an added bonus, you will get a little fertilizer to help the next round of crops you plant.  With any luck, you may even be able to avoid having to pull out the tiller.

However, this method works best if you can rotate your beds - leaving a portion of your garden beds unplanted so that the birds can do their work.  If you have mild winters, you may be able to avoid rotating beds, and instead, set up your chicken tractor during the off growing season.

Not a gardener?

Well, you can still use a chicken tractor, but as you saw from the video, you are going to need to be ready with grass seed.  For some people, this is not a big deal.  However, for others, it's a problem.

So, there you have it - the truth about chicken tractors...

They are easy to build (especially if you have a good set of chicken tractor plans), but they are not for everyone.


  1. Bonnie says

    I think he just made his pen too small. In the video, it looks to me to be about 2′ x 4′, which is 8 square feet. For one day, that’s really only enough room for 2 chickens, at most. For 3 chickens he needs at least 12 square feet, 15 would be better. And that’s just for one day.

  2. says

    Gotz can be talked to from the toepehlne in your home. Just go to your home and call him. His hours are 11 am to 4 pm every day except for Saturday and holidays.Been around chickens all my life and Mum has bred them for over 30 years.

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