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My ducks kept getting eaten by bobcats, and I didn't want to keep them in their house all day when I was away. So, I made a "duck tractor" for the times we're away from the house!

Local homesteader was getting rid of the trampoline frame, so we picked it up. I assembled it, wrapped chickenwire around it and on top (securing with wire from the roll of chickenwire). It works well! I drag it to a new spot each day. It takes all of maybe 2 minutes to drag it. It takes longer to refill their waters and bring their food out, than it does to move it. This allows them safety, fresh grass and bugs, and clean place to be. The 17 ducks and 2 geese make a lot of poo in one day!

I have crazy amounts of video of me assembling the thing, as my son had possession of the cellphone. No pictures of putting the wire on, as he didn't have the cellphone at the time. That was, by far, the most time consuming part, though!

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trampoline pieces to be assembled
trampoline pieces to be assembled
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Assembled but not fastened.
Assembled but not fastened.
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My son's fantastic picture of me getting ready to screw it together (he took video footage too, lol!)
My son's fantastic picture of me getting ready to screw it together (he took video footage too, lol!)
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Screws installed. My son wanted to take pictures of that, LOL! (and look, my PEP bench!)
Screws installed. My son wanted to take pictures of that, LOL! (and look, my PEP bench!)
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ducks, geese, fenced trampoline run tractor
Ducks in their new safe forage area. The area between me and ducks has already been rotated through
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trampoline duck mobile run water troughs
Enough headroom for even the geese. Water to bathe in, too (changed daily.)
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Duck food bowl and water bucket. chickenwire trampoline
hatch on the backside to put second bowl of food and water, so they are encouraged to go all the way in
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Ducks, geese leaving mobile run
Happy waterfowl leaving to go to their safe house for the night.
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A rocket mass heater heats your home with one tenth the wood of a conventional wood stove
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