A Home for Glynwood's Chickens
By Kate Anstreicher
Chicken tractors are mobile, bottomless structures that many farms use to house chickens in warm-weather months. While chicken tractors vary in size, shape, portability and structure, they all aim to provide their chickens safety from predators, shade and shelter from the sun and rain, and a constant source of fresh water.
Glynwood's livestock team built six chicken tractors this spring, each of which will comfortably fit twenty-two broiler hens. The tractors are small enough for one person to move them, but big enough to give hens ample space to feed, scratch and roost. The chickens will source their food from grubs, insects and forage in the pasture, simultaneously keeping pest populations in check, benefitting from a protein-rich diet, and fertilizing the soil with their droppings.
The chicken tractors at Glynwood will follow a rotational schedule throughout the summer months. We look forward to seeing all the places these hens will go!