Have you ever heard of a Chicken Tractor? Neither had I until we brought one in for the front lawn at the Missouri Department of Agriculture! Westphalia Trading Co. specializes in chicken tractors and coops. For people like me, who don't know the difference between a coop and a tractor, a coop is a stationary chicken house with a fenced in area for the chickens to graze. A chicken tractor is designed to be moved around your lawn 2-3 times a week, to provide new grass for your chickens. Backyard chickens are becoming the new way to live sustainably in an urban setting. Many large cities are now allowing backyard chickens including: Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, and St. Louis County. Many other cities allow chickens, and all cities have restrictions.
Westphalia Chicken Coops and Tractors are built to last. They offer a variety of options including size, color, and style. The coops provide protection from both predators and outdoor elements. Each coop is hand built with real pressure treated lumber and screws vs. nails, so you can count on your chicken coop or tractor lasting you for years.
If you are not familiar with chickens or don't know where to begin your project, there are a lot of websites with helpful advice. http://www.backyardchickens.com/ offers information on local ordinance, breeds of chickens, and much more. You can always contact your county extension office or visit their website if you have further questions about raising your very own chickens. Be sure to check your local ordinance before beginning your back yard chicken operation, and don't forget to check out Westphalia Trading Co.'s website to start deciding what you want your future chicken tractor to look like!