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Old 06-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Changing my chicken raising setup and constructing a chicken tractor, going to chronicle the build here:

http://www.chickenforum.com/f16/chic...ild-thread-14/

Started on Tuesday and finished the rough frame out last night. Can't wait to work on it tonight, should be able to get a lot done with the coop portion.

Anyone else raise chickens?
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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This is one of those pens you move around the yard? If so how will you move it around? Will it be on wheels? A sled?

We have chickens in a 10x35' pen and when we are home they free range on our property. Biggest problem is something always wants to get at them. We recently lost 3 chicks in one night from a snake. Managed to get to them through a small crack in the door. I thought they were safe by now, who knew???

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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Good luck with the tractor! Luckily we live out in the sticks so our girls just stroll around the house.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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There is a Chicken Forum?


Like a whole forum dedicated to raising chickens??????

And I thought a Chevy Cavalier forum and Ice Chewer forum was weird...
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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I just helped a fellow homebrewer (and a cute one at that, but sadly married) slaughter and butcher 50 chickens on Saturday. It was quite an experience.

She splits the costs with a local farmer, and he raises them. And once a year they butcher them up and have enough chicken for each family for a year. And all of us who help get to take chicken and carcases for stock.

My favorite part was watching the Farmer use the plucking machine.



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Old 06-21-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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Hey, that's awesome! I can't wait to start raising some on my own. I currently live in a studio apartment in the city, so I don't have the land for it. But as soon as we get married and get a house, I'll be buying some birds!

I do have some questions though, like I need to find where it's legal and such. Also what kind of birds should I get? What do they eat? How many forums do you admin for? AH SO MANY QUESTIONS!


Also How many birds do you have?

Edit: Wow, I've never seen a plucking machine. What are the pluckers on the main cylinder made of?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #8
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This is one of those pens you move around the yard? If so how will you move it around? Will it be on wheels? A sled?

We have chickens in a 10x35' pen and when we are home they free range on our property. Biggest problem is something always wants to get at them. We recently lost 3 chicks in one night from a snake. Managed to get to them through a small crack in the door. I thought they were safe by now, who knew???
Yes you can move it around the yard to pick areas to graze. They free range but we wanted a coop for them at night to avoid the hawks, bobcats and coyotes.

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There is a Chicken Forum?

Like a whole forum dedicated to raising chickens??????

And I thought a Chevy Cavalier forum and Ice Chewer forum was weird...
I just threw one up to use kind of like a blog. I like the forum format better then blogs since people can share. I think there are massive ones out there.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Like a whole forum dedicated to raising chickens??????

And I thought a Chevy Cavalier forum and Ice Chewer forum was weird...
backyardchickens is a good Chicken forum too.

 
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