A mate dropped by our house early on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago, looking excited. “Quick, jump in!”, he said. I hopped into his little hatchback, and we took off towards Albion Park.
“What’s going on?”, I asked.
“Someone’s dumped a chicken tractor on the side of the road! We’ve got to get it before someone else does!”
Sure enough, there on a quiet stretch of Jamberoo Road, where people usually dump old TVs and mattresses, was a chicken tractor!
We hopped out and had a good look at it. It was in perfectly good condition. Someone had put some care and effort into building it – they’d used flashing to waterproof the roof ridge, and had given the whole thing a good coat of paint. The wire was all intact.
I’ve no idea why someone would dump something like that. The tip shop would take it for free, or you could get rid of it on FreeCycle without any trouble. You could probably even sell it for $30 or $40.
So we hoisted it up onto his roof racks, tied it down, and brought it back to our place.
What a great friend to have!
One of the best things about living on an acre is having the space to take advantage of these kinds of finds! There’s always somewhere to stash another pen or cage, or some timber, or fence panels :-).
As luck would have it, another friend and neighbour dropped around a surplus rooster a couple of days ago – lucky we had this pen! He’s now happily living in the chicken tractor until I get time to process him.