Leave it to Arkansas

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I don’t know if this is a common thing in the south, or if it’s just common knowledge, but within the last week or so three different people have told me “You need a chicken tractor”.  What?  A chicken what?  A chicken tractor.  Now, being born and raised in California, I’ve never personally seen a chicken tractor, or heard of one.  So of course my mind thinks about a chicken driving a tractor or something so crazy that I can’t even write it.  What do you think it is?  Go ahead, give it a good think.  Ok, ok…it’s nothing super crazy.  It’s just a cube covered with chicken wire, with an open bottom.  Then you stick three or four chickens in it, and you move it around your yard every two hours.  The chickens scratch for bugs and eat grass.  A chicken tractor, get it.  I want to know if this chicken tractor thing is just a regional invention, or if the whole country is hip to the genius.  I need an expert, are you reading right now?  Let the public in on the secret.  Pure genius don’t you think?

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2 responses »

  1. after raising a few hens myself, I want to say that the chicken tractor sounds back braking and very time consuming to me.

    if you let your chickens roam you risk loosing them to the local creatures, but way back when in the old days, no one spent precious time and money on fencing in their hens.

    they just roaming and did their thing, sometimes that meant leaving a few eggs for the neighbors etc.

    but, i find it hard to believe someone would take that time to move the hens around in a mobile cage!!!!!

    let them loose!

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