The Somerzby Chicken Tractor is for chickens that are going places.Â
We all know that chooks love to scratch and peck in the grass and it doesnâ€™t take long before they need to move on to some fresh grass.
A chicken tractor, alternatively known as an ark, is essentially a mobile chicken coop. For most chicken tractors, the open floor and the addition of wheels are the only big differences from your average chicken coop.Â
The main purpose of a chicken tractor is to keep your chickens and their eggs safe from the elements and predators such as other birds or rodents, whilst also providing the chickens with the freedom to roam and experience a free-range lifestyle.
Many people use tractors as alternatives to freestanding coops or chicken runs as they provide you with flexibility and mobility, however, partnering a tractor with a coop or run is also popular as it provides your chickens with the opportunity to experience a free range lifestyle, whilst also having a secure base.
This is just one benefit of owning a chicken tractor.
Additionally, there are numerous further features and benefits of the tractor, the most obvious of which is its portable nature.
Moving the tractor and, by extension, your chickens to a new area every day or two allows you to provide your birds with fresh, quality earth to graze and explore.Â
Monitoring the quality of this land is a step toward reducing the risk of your birds developing illnesses such as coccidiosis, which can come on as a consequence of eating parasites.
Not only does the frequent change of scenery keep the birds interested and inquisitive about their surroundings, it will also help distribute the chickenâ€™s waste so that it doesnâ€™t gather in any one place.
Instead it can potentially fertilize the whole garden. The chooks will also help keep the soil healthy by scratching and turning it, as well as by eating common insects that cause trouble for a lot of garden plants. Â
A further benefit of a portable coop is the ability to move your tractor to dry ground when it is raining.This saves you from having to change and clean your chooks bedding every time itâ€™s raining. Â
The best way to determine what size tractor is best for you is to find out how much space your chickens actually need. Here is a quick, general guide on how much space your chickens should have in order to be happy and healthy:
Run Space: Chickens require a minimum of 15 square feet to roam, the Somerzby tractor will accomodate 3 chooks.Â
If you have more than 3 chickens you may want to consider a chicken run which can be used in addition to the chicken tractor or on it's own.
Letting your chooks out to range freely on a regular basis is encouraged, having more space for your chickens to roam means that there is less chance of them becoming restless or aggressive if they are not let out frequently.
Perch Space: 25.4cms or 10 inches is recommended for perching space.
Keep in mind that chickens like to huddle together for warmth during the night and the cooler seasons, and so you may be tempted to provide them with smaller perching spaces...
It is important to keep in mind that these figures are just guidelines and you may have to do some research to find out how much room is ideal for your individual chickens needs, as there are numerous factors which come in to play.
One such factor is the actual size and breed of your chickens.
For example, if you were looking to house a Jersey Giant, the largest breed of chicken at 4 kilos, then you will be needing a much bigger tractor than if you were housing a Dutch, which weighs just 1 pound.
Different breeds also have different temperaments and each chicken has its own personality. Some may more comfortable will sharing their personal space than others.
Another factor to consider is what you will be using your tractor for.
If you were to keep the chickens food and water inside the tractor, then you will need to allow for that space and ensure the chickens arenâ€™t crowded as this often causes distress and aggression.
Now that you know the healthy amount of space for your chooks, you can decide which tractor is best for the number of chickens you have.
The Somerzby chicken tractor is two meters long by one meter high, with most of this space being â€śrun spaceâ€ť.Â
Moving a chicken tractor is incredibly simple when done correctly.
The first step is to relocate your chickens as they could be jostled around inside the tractor depending on how far you are moving it.
It is ideal to temporary relocate your chickens to a room with a smooth surface such as tiles to help with the clean up of droppings, or if you are confident you will not accidently run into your chooks, you can let them roam freely while you relocate their tractor.
Secondly, make sure you have cleared a path from the tractors current location to your new one so you donâ€™t accidentally run into any obstacles.
Finally, itâ€™s time to actually move the tractor. Just like with lifting any heavy object, it is best to maintain good posture whilst lifting a tractor. This means bending your knees, keeping your back straight and your head up.
Once you are in the right position, grab hold of the handles that should be present at one side of your tractor and use your legs to push off and lift the tractor up off the ground.
Once you are confident the weight of the tractor is manageable, you can slowly move backwards and guide your tractor to its new location. It is important to bend your knees as you lower the tractor to the ground.
If you have a smaller number of chickens with a good size yard then itâ€™s worth considering purchasing the chicken tractor as you can move the chickens on a daily basis, think of it as a mobile chicken coop.
Itâ€™s important to buy a chicken tractor that is easy to move, you will be moving it every 1 â€“ 2 days, which is why the Somerzby Tractor is a perfect option.
One of the key features is that it is very easy to move, it has large wheels and an easy to grip handle at each end.
A chicken run or coop is usually setup in the yard where there is an open area for the chooks to range freely. Itâ€™s a more permanent structure and is more difficult to move.
As one of Australiaâ€™s leading pet products company, Somerzby offers a great range of chicken tractors and runs, with something to suit just about anyone no matter what your budget.
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