Nicole Alderman wrote:I think this would work great! Our ducks range over 2 acres, most of that is yard and orchard. They're really beneficial to have in the orchard and they don't do any damage. Having portable electric fencing would be perfect, too, as it would protect them from predators and distribute their poop and bug/weed eating evenly. I lock mine up in an 8x8 duckhouse every night, but a mobile tractor would have the advantage of having the poop straight on the ground and so probably no need for bedding inside it, and thus less work on that front. Does the mobile tractor have a hardware cloth bottom? You might want one for protection against burrowing predators, and also have a nice bedded place for them to lay their eggs (ducks like ground-level nesting boxes). You could make 8 inch by 14inch boxes to go inside the tractor for them to lay their eggs in.
Another thing to consider about their tractor is how warm it will be in the winter. Looking at pictures of the Suscovich tractor, it doesn't seem to have solid walls, which might make it a bit too cold, especially in Vermont (I'm assuming Vermont gets pretty cold).
I would use large trays or kiddie pool (depending on how many ducks you have) for their bathing water (DON'T put it in the tractor. A pail will work for water in the tractor. If you don't feed them in the tractor, they won't need water). During the summer, I use trays full of water for the ducks to bath in, and I place them by different trees every few days. I dump the water by the tree every day, and refill it. By dumping it by the tree, I not only water the tree, I fertilize it, which works great!
Anna Tennis wrote:Nicole, thanks for the in-depth reply!
Morgan Gold wrote: My plan was to keep the tractor open (with a tarp) during the summer and by later fall, I would cover it greenhouse plastic. Do you think that would be too cold? And yeah, I'm Vermont.