Chicken Tractors and various questions...
I apologize in advance if I'm introcuding a redundant topic, but my search of previous posts yielded no results. :)
I'm wondering how many of you chicken people out there keep chickens in chicken tractors? (Wow...how many times can you get "chicken" in a sentence?) I'm wanting to add a small flock of egg-layers to our small farm. My grandpa always kept a flock, but they were always kept in a traditional coop with a large yard. I'm wanting to avoid the large chicken yard by using a movable coop, and wondered how others fared with this setup. True free-ranging isn't really feasable, as we live "out in the google-peas", as grandpa used to say...and predators are pretty thick.
Also, if you do use a movable coop, is it year-round or do you move the flock to a winter coop? We live in northern Arkansas...gets cold but not the frigid temps of the north.
In my internet wanderings, I've read everything...including the practice of butchering the flock in the winter, and starting fresh every year.
Lots of options and opinions...can anyone out there give me their two cents?