Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Chicken Tractor-revisited

Maybe I should be writing about more holy things this week-but yesterday I was working with my other hat on and came across something of interest here.

As some (dedicated, long-time readers) may remember, we made and used a chicken tractor for some time here on our small holding. The original is no longer with us, and maybe it is time to make another one-but I digress.

In the course of my work yesterday, I found US Patent No. 2,474,932 on a "Portable Chicken House and Yard". Below are some of the drawings for this early chicken tractor.

Here is the claim:

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

In a portable chicken house and yard, a house, an enclosure extending from said house and defining a yard, wheeled members extending downwardly from the house and enclosure and supporting same for movement from one location to another, guards extending along marginal portions of the house and enclosure and pivoted at their upper edges for swinging movement downwardly and outwardly from raised position under the house and within the enclosure to lowered position for use with the wheeled members disposed externally of the guards, and means for releasably securing the guards in lowered position.

Now back to Holy Week ... Oremus pro invicem!

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