Remember the raised bed chicken tractor? Well, the hubster has finished the improvements! It now includes a nesting box, so we can leave the chickens in at night.
I never explained how we move this contraption either. We have slim poles that we slip under the top of the frame to lift it with. As for dimensions, the beds are all four feet wide by 8 feet long, so the tractor fits on top of that, and has short posts that sink in to the soil a little to stabilize it against freak wind gusts and too much chicken excitement. (And by the way, I know I have mentioned before how our place isn’t as idyllic as the photos might sometimes suggest. Off to the right in the above photo you see evidence of that truth: note the crumbling cabin, which now has no electricity because the exterior dry rotted until the power line detached from the side of the house, and no water because the main drain collapsed on the former tenants. It is now empty, and likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.)
The inside of the nest box: cozy.
Here you can see where the chickens enter the box. The door flips up to close at night.
The means by which the door is flipped. This way we don’t have to get IN to the tractor to close the door. More importantly, we don’t have to reach inside in the morning to let them out–which means our fingers are nipped less frequently.
And here you see our top of the line anti-raccoon security technology, also known as a bungee cord. Unless we strap the doors of our chicken tractors down, raccoons simply lift them up and snag a chicken dinner. It’s like a poultry vending machine!
So now you see how we are not only clever, but also extremely CLASSY and sophisticated. All part of our glamorous micro-farming lifestyle.