At around 9 or 10 weeks of age, the baby bantam white Cochin chicks were old enough and the temperatures were staying warm enough overnight that they could now live outside full time.
To keep them safe and to make sure they didn’t run or fly away, we put them in our chicken tractor.
Here is a video of the chicks shortly after we put them in the chicken tractor. You can see some of their natural behavior to kick at the grass and leaf litter to look for insects.
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A chicken tractor is basically a movable cage. It allows the chickens to have fresh air while keeping them safe from predators. It is designed to be moved every few days so one patch of grass is not ruined by the chickens. Moving it also allows the chickens to help eat the bugs from a new patch of grass.
In the next couple of photos, you can see the wheels on one end. When the wheels are levered into position, the chicken tractor can be rolled to a new spot.
This is back half of the chicken tractor which provides shelter – it also contains roosting bars and several nest boxes for the chickens.
Here is a side view of the chicken tractor. It shows the access door so we can get in and out to refill their water. It also shows the open air portion so the chickens can sun bathe if they want.