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Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil Paperback – January, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0962464867 ISBN-10: 0962464864 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Good Earth Publications, LLC; Revised edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962464864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962464867
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Drainage systems are not practical for chicken tractoring.
CDC
Much of the information was repetitive in spots, and I thought that many of the cartoons were in bad taste.
Cheryl Krueger
It has a lot of good information and is entertaining to read.
M. Smith

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought the Chicken Tractor book two years ago. After reading the book, I built my first chicken tractor using available materials and soon had chickens installed and laying eggs. I soon made more chicken tractors with improvements to the first design and filled them with chickens. It didn't take long for me eggs coming out my ears. I also enjoyed some fine pasture raised broilers. My first chicken tractors were made from wood, but now I am making them from PVC pipe with plastic roof panels as they are lighter and easier to pull.
I am getting ready to start a goat tractor and a turkey tractor. And I am really looking forward to a home raised turkey for Thanksgiving.
The book gave me the ideas and I was able to implement them with no trouble. It was also helpful with places to order chickens, chicken raising equipment, and full of great information on rare breeds of chickens. While it is written in a simple style and does go over the material a couple times....I realize that people who have never raised chickens before need that kind of help. Even though I have had chickens for 25 years, I still learned some things. I was using the traditional chicken house design and the chicken tractors are so much better and much more useful.
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137 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I will add my voice to the other reviewers because there seems to be a wide swing in opinion and maybe my thoughts will help others to decide whether or not to get this book. First of all, I know absolutely nothing about chicken-raising...starting from "scratch", as it were. I think the most serious flaw in "Chicken Tractor" is that the author barely mentions how to set up for laying hens and concentrates mainly on raising broilers and fryers; yet he always refers to slaughtering the chickens as "processing", a euphemism that is confusing at best. He refers to "processing plants", i.e. places that you take your live chickens and return to pick up "dressed", frozen chickens, but says that using this method is costly. He mentions home-slaughtering with the briefest of references to machines with horrifying names like "killing cone, thermostatically-controlled scalding vat and table-top plucking machine", but only says the machines are expensive and then leaves the reader totally in the dark (perhaps mercifully). I agree with the other reviewers that the author rambles and repeats himself endlessly, although when I realized that he would present the same information twice in a row, I just skipped the second go-round. I also agree that the cartoons are not very helpful in figuring out how you actually go about building the items needed. His instructions on building the chicken tractor could be followed, with some difficulty. But anyone trying to figure out how to build the perches and egg-laying boxes would have an almost impossible time trying to find that in this book. Also, he does a lot of cost calculations that date the book and are only minimally helpful.Read more ›
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
In this book, Andy Lee demonstrates that a market gardener can raise chickens. Sadly, his chicken tractor design (Chapter 3) is both too heavy and too fragile for use in even such a mild climate as western Oregon. It is also too tall to step into, but too short to walk into. No animal pen should be so difficult to work in.
A better chicken tractor design can be found in Joel Salatin's _Pastured Poultry Profits_ or by searching the Web.
A better book on raising chickens is Gail Damerow's _A Guide to Raising Chickens_, which I consider the best book for a novice to chickens.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robert Plamondon on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a great source of poultrykeeping ideas, containing descriptions of the different approaches taken by a large number of individuals. It sheds light on the innumerable possibilities and styles of poultry raising and how poultry can be kept synergistically with other farm or garden activities.
However, the book does not provide the detailed, step-by-step instructions that novice poultrykeepers often long for. It attempts to do so in places, but not successfully.
Still, this is a must-have book for anyone interested in poultry. Other books provide the nuts-and-bolts details, yet do not present the sweeping range of possibilities that this one does.
Basically, you're going to have to buy at least two books. For the backyard poultrykeeper, it would be this book and STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING CHICKENS by Gail Damerow. For the small farmer, PASTURED POULTRY PROFITS by Joel Salatin is an absolute necessity. But CHICKEN TRACTOR has its own unique merits and should not be neglected.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I used this book for some research and experiment ideas in agriculture. while it has some great general ideas and concepts, i found that the entire instructions for building the chicken tractor were lacking in detail and had conflicting drawings and steps. some required materials were not listed, and the process was vague. in reading the book, it seemed to me like a great book idea, but was very hastily presented and lacked thorough attention to detail. it looked very "thrown together". it is a book i recommend checking out from a library if you want some ideas, but i wouldn't waste my money purchasing it in hopes of practical steps for a chicken tractor. (the book might give inspiration, but YOU will have to come up with the practical details of trying and experimenting to build your tractor.) hint...lightweight and portable materials and use creativity to adapt their basic (and vaguely presented) tractor
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