Chicken coop built into a truck bed so chickens can commute from a safer place in town out to the property daily. Is this a good or bad idea?
The property has ticks, I need to get the number down. We'll be building soon, lots of noise, chaos, etc. No idea where the properly built coop will work best yet, so I don't want to build one. I wished I knew someone who would bring their chickens over to eat bugs, I don't. I DO have a pickup that can have a coop built on it, that can go between where we are living and where we are building. I'm thinking if the noise level etc is going to be bad that day, the chickens can take a day off from bug patrol, otherwise they can go to the property, open the tailgate, give them a ramp, they go down into a 12x12 or so chicken wire moveable yard, probably with a shade place, and they eliminate ticks. Very bad drawing of a chicken truck....
Other option for keeping the chickens where I want them involves harnesses and leashes The ground slopes oddly, and the pen might not be tight enough aginst the ground to keep chickens in... There is a road right there, and I don't trust them to stay out of it, especially if there's scary stuff going on on the property.
Advice is welcome, once you quit laughing
I have a friend who adopted a rooster from me, who rides in her car sometimes, so certainly chickens can learn to ride in a car. You'll need to make sure they won't get too hot, blown by wind, get rained on, breathe too much exhaust, etc. Basically try to make as comfortable a place for them as you would for a pet dog riding in the car. It's usually easier for younger animals to learn weird things without stress, so you might want to start with young (not baby) chickens, instead of adults.
I wonder, for the pen next to the road, can you put a wire bottom in the pen, or do you want them to be able to dig in the dirt?
A) the ground slope is too weird to make a bottom work B) I need to be able to move around/reshape the pen (just a roll of chicken wire and some posts that I can move around) C) I think the ticks are in the grass, so digging in the dirt is a good thing, besides, chickens like it
The area I need to de-tick is at least 1 acre, 2 acres of it would be better. Currently can't mow most of it.
I am thinking 8 week old or so birds, not babies (no time/energy to raise them) but still young enough to adapt to a commuting lifestyle....
And leashed chickens keeps making me laugh to think about
What did I do wrong for a picture? Can you see it? (edit: think I have it)
If you use the bottom 6-12 inches of the chicken wire to make a flap that lays on the ground, you can pin it down with heavy bent wire pins, and possibly accommodate uneven ground, and keep them from crawling under the wire. My "teenage" chickens are in a paddock with a fence like this - they kept crawling underneath and escaping until I pinned the wire down.
Seems like a good idea to me, I bring my chickens with me in the car in a kitty carrier whenever I leave my homestead for a few days cause they arent that safe there alone, lots of bears and other predators up here. One thing that might be helpfull is to keep them tame by not chasing or catching them, and teaching them to come when you call them in which case you could probably just free range them so you won't need a portable cage
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