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Tractor Porn

We’re still working on getting tractors built for the rest of the birds but we’re gaining on it.  We also started putting together tractors for the goats so we can move them around the yard easily.

Here’s the first goat tractor, holding Blue Cotton and her two doelings.

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Like good rednecks, we stuck it smack in the middle of the front  yard to begin.

goattractor1

That pen contraption just beyond the goat tractor?  That’s our temporary holding pen, where we are putting birds we no longer want as we sort through this spring’s poultry assortment.  We’re holding some for our friend,Hollie, but the rest will go to freezer camp.

temp

Hollie, I know you want the two geese.  Right now, there are five roosters in there — which ones would you like me to hold for you?  Once we kill off the excess roosters, we’ll start putting hens and ducks in there for you.

 

 

Then our Ancona collection — six ducks and one drake.  We’ll probably add another drake to the mix and divide them into two tractors once we get more built.

anconas

And, lastly, the two breeding pairs of Muscovies who will also be divided once more tractors are finished.

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One more large tractor is providing current housing for our pregnant sow.  The rest of our poultry are still in the back pen which also includes my garden right now.  Steve’s going into hyper-build mode right now so we can get the rest of the birds out of there and I can start planting!

I don’t know if all of these tractors will end up being a permanent thing but it sure is handy right now!  They’re so easily moved around to fresh patches of grass & bugs, keeping up rotational grazing/browsing, lowering worm & other pest loads, I’m thinking we’ll always have at least a few tractors.  If we keep a good portion of the critters tractored in the spring & summer, that gives the big pens a chance to rest and regrow for fall/winter as well.

As always, there will be more tweaking as we go along.

14 Responses to “Tractor Porn”

  1. Jessica April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Not too renecky, sorry, I didn’t see any boxsprings in your fencing. Looks neat and tidy.

    • Diane April 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Shhh! Don’t give Steve any ideas!

      • Hollie April 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

        I’ll take what ever you throw in “my pen”….as long as I have at least a male and female of the ducks…not picky on chickens…but of course a few egg layers…did that over sexed Pin Ball make it through the winter? and Pee Wee the mallard? What I don’t have a female for duck and geese wize, I’ll hunt down on CL.

        The pens look great by the way…very neat looking!

        -Hollie

        • Hollie April 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

          and Momma Hen? and Phylis Diller and oh hell…just throw me some birds…LOL

          We have received an offer on our place, made a counter offer back and now we are waiting on what happens next. It’s on a scale of 10, about a 8 for the GO !

          I have several buildings I can use out there, but no fencing…(gee, wonder where all my fence went?) lmao..I’m such an idiot, I should of saved back some, but I’ll figure out something. I’m resourceful if nothing else.

          -me again

          • Diane April 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

            Well, you can always come and pick through what fencing is left, my dear. :-)

        • Diane April 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

          Argh. No, crazy woman,you need to pick whatever roosters you want to keep. There are too many of them in there. When we start throwing girls in there and there’s five roos left, there’s gonna be some serious blood flowing. We need to get it down to two of those fellas so we can safely put your girls in there.

          Pinball, we gave back to you and you gave to the folks who bought your old house, remember? PeeWee, I think is a mallard looking duck, right? If so, I’m pretty sure he’s out there, along with all (most?) of your other birds.

          • Hollie April 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

            OOOOOH that’s right….see? This turning 60 has really messed with my mind. And yes Pee Wee is the little mallard that was Moses’s buddy. Ok…I get what your saying on the roos..ok, let’s see, I’ll keep a white one…maybe it’s the one “snowball” that we gave to Gail…who knows, they all look alike..and I’ll take a red one, RIR or a Buff if ya have one…your right I don’t need all those roos.

            And I’ll probley have to figure out a way to get them all here with the time comes…I don’t have any transport stuff anymore …cardboard boxes?

            -me

          • Diane April 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

            Silly Hollie. You’ve been living in the big city too long. ;-)

            Okey doke, will save you one of each rooster. You can use one of our pens to move them, no problem. Or we can deliver them to you and check out your new place!

  2. Robin April 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I love the tractors – never seen any like….well, any. Forgive the idiot question, but what’s the white tank on the end for – Shelter? What were those before you recycled them?

    I can’t wait to get the garden going. We put chicken dirt on all the beds again last weekend to let sit until things really warm up. We always do it now even though we shoulda done it in October…[I say that every April]. My youngest has a dozen more saxony ducklings coming in a few weeks. She spent some time at the Rural King today just looking at the chicks and I confess, listening to 3000 chicks peeping away made me want more. Someday…tractors.

    • Diane April 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Yep, the white tank is a shelter for them. There are ventilation holes in them, they lay their eggs in them, and I put tubs of DE in there for their dust baths. We got most of them from a friend so not sure what was in them. Ones we’ve gotten ourselves before contained anything from juice to paint to oil. They take a bit of cleaning but they sure are handy. Tonight, Steve started on another tractor — this time the shelter portion is made from a big tub that used to hold cheap movies at a local store.

      • Hollie April 3, 2013 at 8:53 am #

        I just wanted to say, (not just think it) how happy I was to see that pic…I bet I’ve clicked on here a half doz times yesterday just to look at my chickens and ducks…dang! I miss them. Thank you for the pic Diane…it just made my day…All winter long I kept thinking they’d end up in your crock pot. LOL

        -wacky Hollie

        • Diane April 3, 2013 at 9:53 am #

          I promised you we wouldn’t eat them and I meant it. :-) I just so happen to like my wacky Hollie so don’t wanna cheese ya off. LOL

          • Hollie April 4, 2013 at 10:01 am #

            Thank YOU…your the bomb girl !

            -wacky hollie

  3. Feather April 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I showed DH your critter tractors and he wishes they would have had them on their farm growing up. Would have made things easier.

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