Hang around permaculture people for any length of time, and you’re sure to hear about chicken tractors. They’re a great way to concentrate chickens in a small area, to dig up weeds, deposit manure, and generally prepare a garden bed for planting. Here’s a photo showing how we used a chicken tractor to prepare our vegetable garden beds:
But if you want to clear a larger area in a shorter time, you can’t beat pig tractors!
We moved our three pigs into a weed-choked area on Boxing Day (December 26). Here’s what it looked like when they moved in:
They rooted around frantically, tasting all the yummy new things they had to browse on:
Clearing land is hard work, so they all lay down for a snooze after exploring the new pen:
Now here’s a photo of the same area exactly three weeks later:
Pigs are dedicated, tireless workers, and much more pleasant than a rototiller!
If you want more reading, the Permaculture Research Institute also recently published an article on the use of pig tractors.