Building the Chicken Tractor

Building the Chicken Tractor

In my previous blog post, I talked about the beginning of this endeavor and “Reasons to Build a Chicken Tractor.”

Once the frame had been put together, we began to build from the ground up using mainly 1x3s.

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I had laid out my specifications for the project in the beginning: a portable pen and coop with a ramp, hanging feeder, and suspended water bucket that would move with the structure. Toby’s Human (TH) researched how to make it all happen, finding chicken tractor designs via backyard chicken websites and university poultry research units. He melded elements from several blueprints.

The trick was customizing this chicken tractor to fit my flock. I had an idea regarding how many animals to put in the chicken tractor and texted it to TH.

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Later that day, he showed me his notes and drew out a blueprint of how large and unwieldy a tractor with all of my specifications would need to be to accommodate 50 chickens comfortably. After discussion, I agreed to stick with 30 chickens (that didn’t happen, as my sister-in-law gave me 23 more chickens three months later [I keep them in my smaller chicken house]), and the official designs began. Continue reading “Building the Chicken Tractor”

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Ideas, Passion and Spirit That Shape a Family Dairy Farm

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Ideas, Passion and Spirit That Shape a Family Dairy Farm

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Kate Yegerlehner.

I first heard of the Yegerlehner’s dairy farm and shop when I was in high school. Dad came home from work one night with small blocks of cheese and told me excitedly that there was a farm just outside of Clay City that sold milk and cheese made from their own cows in their own shop.

Ten years later, I attended the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference and heard Kate Yegerlehner speak on the family’s business model and philosophy on raising livestock. There were times during her presentation when I wanted to stand up and shout, “Yes, yes!” Her presentation contained much I had needed to hear.

After the conference, I decided to spend more time with Kate and learn from her farming operation.  Continue reading “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Ideas, Passion and Spirit That Shape a Family Dairy Farm”