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Old 03-09-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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I'm putting this in the gardening forum because I'm not sure where it should go.

Can anyone tell me how much time it takes to care for 4-6 chickens in the backyard, once they're grown and established? I want to get some and my husband will build a chicken tractor, but I'm just afraid I won't have enough time to properly care for them.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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I didn't look at what's included in this thread, but I remember there's a lot of good info in it.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/pets/...s-anybody.html
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Chicken tractor? I'm envisioning all kinds of strange contraptions--I've never heard of a chicken tractor.

Chickens largely take care of themselves. The biggest problem with keeping them in a back yard is the neighborhood dogs.


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Old 03-09-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Chickens are VERY low maintenance.

Mine, though, are free range, and other than giving them (and the ducks) food a couple of times a day, and trying to find the hidden nests, I don't put much effort into mine at all. And the only reason I feed them more than once a day is because I have so many and that way I'm ensuring that everybody gets a chance at the feed.

If you're going to use a tractor, you will need to move it around to avoid ending up with a muddy, poopy mess. Depending on the size of the tractor, I would think you could get by with only moving it every two or three days - again, a lot depends on the size of the tractor, as well as the size and the number of birds (bantams will require less space per bird than your big Buff Orpington).

Fill their feeder once a day (or less with a larger feeder), make sure they have water (especially important in the summer, of course), make sure they're protected from the weather, including making sure they have shade or some kind of cover in the summer, and gather those nice fresh eggs.....and enjoy.

One thing to remember, though, if you're thinking about letting them out to roam your yard on occasion, they can be pretty damaging to plants, especially young ones, by "dusting" themselves.

And like another poster suggested, be wary of neighborhood dogs or even roaming raccoons. I don't think 'possums are much of a problem with full grown birds but they will raid your nests and get the smaller birds if given a chance - but they're pretty lazy and opportunistic and tend to prefer cleaning up the messes left behind by other predators.

So, if you're willing to trade a few minutes a day to the care and upkeep of your birds in exchange for those wonderful eggs, I say "go for it!"
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Chicken tractor? I'm envisioning all kinds of strange contraptions--I've never heard of a chicken tractor.
Mobile homes for chickens.

Chicken Tractors & Mobile Chicken Coop Designs - BackYard Chickens Community
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: rain city
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I can't help myself....the image of 'chicken tractor'....is just so funny.....

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Can't resist---

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: rain city
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One more and I'll leave this thread alone.

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Old 03-09-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Azoria, you're making me laugh!

Thanks for the info. Our city recently passed a backyard chicken ordinance where you can have up to 7 or 8 hens. I really want to do it, but between work, exercise, keeping up with our teenager and all the other daily responsibilities I'm worried about having enough time. If it's just a matter of feeding and making sure they have water every day and then cleaning the coop, etc. on the weekends, I could manage that I think.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Here's a helpful list of breeds:

Chicken Care Raising Poultry Advice | Tractor Supply Co.

It's really important to have a secure enclosure for them whether you're in the suburbs or the country.

I miss having chickens but am reluctant to do so because I have 3 dogs of my own, often have several fosters and we have plenty of wild critters that also may go after them - too many friends have lost theirs to predators both wild and domestic.
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