Yes, I have been MIA for a few weeks around this here blog, but I have been busy. Busy building a home for my babies. Who are not really babies anymore. They still have some growing to do, but all feathered out they look like grown up chickens now. And now that they get to live outside and scratch and peck in the grass all day they are some happy girls. And one boy, who so far is a nice boy and we plan to keep him, especially if he plays nice and helps a hen go broody to make more chickens. If I want eggs and meat it would be great to have a self perpetuating system of new chicken production. And nobody raises baby chicks better than mama hen.
Ok, on to the tractor. Here is the whole thing, set up next to the garden:
This is the access door for the food and water containers. The rocks are holding some mesh in place to discourage digging predators. The other three sides have it in place already but I have not added it to this side because the door construction didn't allow for me to extend the mesh down. I will staple some in place soon because moving it around could get annoying and it won't be as effective until it is attached. I plan to leave the tractor here next to the garden for a while and let the chickens dig it up as much as they like since this spot will be a future flower/herb/medicinal plant bed outside the fence for the veggie garden. Otherwise, the tractor will be moved to fresh grass every other day or so. This will keep the grass from being over-fertilized and over-scratched, and provide fresh bugs and grass for the chickens to dine on.