In these crazy times, it’s important to find ways to become more self-sufficient. One such way is to raise your own livestock on your land such as chickens, but if you do that, you’re going to need to build housing for them.
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As this video by Free Range People discusses, a homemade self-moving chicken tractor could be a good option. You can also build it on your own. It’s lightweight, easy to move, and large enough to house multiple chickens and their food and water at once.
The chicken tractor featured in the video by Free Range People measures six by twelve feet. The tractor has an access door in the front that is easy for a person to step through to get to the chickens and clean out in the interior. There’s also another access door located in the rear of the coop by the housing where the chickens can rest inside.
This tractor comes with a 12-gallon water tank on a shelf in the interior housing, which is enough to hold three weeks’ worth of water for five chickens. The tank also serves as a shield to keep the water clean. The water will run down a hose, which travels down to two watering cups located on the outside of the housing.
Also in the housing are two-layer boxes where chickens can rest. LED lights are also wired into the tractor to help give the chickens comfort during the night.
Another door located on the side of the coop opens and closes with string, so you can close it from the outside whenever you need to.
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Food for the chickens is kept in a tub in the interior of the tractor, which runs down a PVC pipe to a food container outside. An old bucket is suspended over the food container to help protect it from rain or snow.
All in all, the homemade self-moving chicken tractor is a convenient and cheap option to keep your chickens housed and safe from predators. To see it for yourself, check out the video by Free Range People below.