- 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 (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil Revised Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very happy with this item. It meet my expectations and work as described.Published 8 months ago by Gerald D Schure
A good book for chicken raisers. I would like to have had more chicken tractor projects, though. That's what's needed.Published on April 23, 2014 by Anna Marie Fritz
I have no interest in permaculture and because we live in an area with aerial as well as land-borne predators, cannot let my chickens free-range. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by mompantero
So full of excellent, practical info. Worth many times the price. I would recommend for anyone thinking of getting chickens.Published on May 31, 2013 by sayo1953
This book was awesome. Full of information to help people get into raising chickens. What they need for shelter, food, etc. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by darryl
I thought I was buying instructions to build a chicken tractor. What I got was much more. I found this to be very interesting and informative. I've read it twice so far.Published on October 1, 2010 by J. Dunn
Awesome info on backyard chicken raising. Not just about chicken tractors, good for info on feeding, breeds, brooders, butchering, supplements, etc.Published on July 12, 2009 by Heather R.
This book is a great help in getting started with chickens. When building the tractor, be sure to double check the given measurements as I found the top of the tractor to be about... Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by R. Averett
Bottom line: This could have been a great book, but it reads like a first draft -- almost as rough as raw notes from the authors' field notebook. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by B. St Pierre