Lately we have seen our travels decrease, and I mentioned occasionally to Cliff that I'd like to have a small chicken-tractor and two or three hens. The following is pretty much what I had in mind:
I honestly thought he was ignoring my talk about chickens, but a couple of days ago he set to work. He doesn't want to go buy materials for any project if he can help it, so he decided to use what he had on hand.
|I will lift this up to get the eggs|
Chickens eat all sorts of table scraps, and in summer they eat garden waste such as rotton tomatoes and fruit peelings. This will help with the feed bill. I'm pretty sure two hens would keep Cliff, me, and his sister next door in eggs. I would prefer either Rhode Island Red or Barred Rock chickens, because they are tamer than some breeds and yet lay an egg almost every day.
We can't turn chickens loose during the day because of hawks and dogs, and they have to be shut in at night because of raccoons, foxes, and opossums. The chicken tractor should take care of these problems.