Chicken Tractor

Chicken Tractor
Chicken Tractor

Here are our lovely girls safe and sound inside their new electric poultry fence. The best thing about using an electric fence for chickens is that it’s totally mobile, so the hens can be used as a “chicken tractor” whereby they are moved around the garden to clear and fertilise new patches of ground in preparation for making new beds. Not only does this improve the soil fertility and structure but it drastically reduces the amount of feed we have to give the chickens and most importantly it allows the chickens to exhibit their natural behaviour of scratching around for food.  If you look a the above picture you can see the difference between the ground that the chickens are on and the ground in the background that is covered in vegetation.  Another bonus is that we don’t have to coax them into their coop every night – which to be honest can be a real pain in the arse if the girls aren’t ready to be locked up!