I want the meat birds to be able to be outside. But I know that my neighbours (who have already suffered with the layers getting into their garden before I put the fence up) would not be thrilled at another 60 birds roaming my property (and theirs). So I have convinced the boys of Max FX to help me build these tractors - a weird hybrid between a layer's coop and a broiler tractor. I definitely wanted to have the option to lock them in if predators seemed to be a possibility. And for their food to be covered. So the coop portion is substantial. But the run is 4x8, and it has turned out to be fairly easy to move. There will be 5 in total, so about 12 birds per tractor. I can hardly wait to put my chicks in there!
A sheep farmer meets an urban gardener. Fleece ensues.
The Reading List
*Animal, Vegetable, Miracle