I finally got my first batch of broilers on the field. They’ve been in the hen-house, protected from the cold spring and the wind and rain. But it was time for them to get some space.
The hangup was getting the new hi-tec shelter done. Well, I am here to say that $16 worth of electrical conduit, 2 10′ 1×6 hemlock boards and a 10×12 tarp later is all it took. It weighs about 30 pounds and is better than any chicken tractor I ever used.
Chicken tractors are the best way to raise small numbers of chickens.
They are safe, secure and durable. Great as long as your field is level and you don’t have more than like 2 of them to haul around. Also – you cannot make a free-range claim. They’re technically not free-range.
I fence mine in with poultry-net, shelter them in this new shelter I made with the above materials and a tubing bender from Johnny’s and there you go!
So, what is Pastured Poultry? For me it is free-range, eating the grass and bugs and good drug and hormone-free food and running around plating “I’m bigger than you are!” all day long.
We use this particular breed because they are more humanly bred – no leg problems, good strong hearts and generally great health. And they really taste better than Great White Lumps