UC Davis project eyes solutions for small chicken farms
A young laying chicken comes up to investigate a photographer in front of the Eggmobile, a bright red chicken barn on wheels that was built by UC Davis engineering students. The Eggmobile provides protection and overnight housing for a flock of 150 chickens on the university's new Pastured Poultry Farm. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the Eggmobile, of course.
The Eggmobile, a bright red chicken barn on wheels, provides protection and overnight housing for a flock of 150 young laying chickens on UC Davis' new Pastured Poultry Farm.
The graduate student project, which was launched in July on 4.5 acres about a mile west of the central UCD campus, is a living laboratory for pasture-based poultry farms, which are growing in popularity. Research also will help those who keep backyard flocks.
The pasture is protected from predators by a portable electronic fence and is surrounded by a 50-foot band of uncultivated land to serve as a wildlife buffer.
The Eggmobile is moved around the pasture to give chickens fresh grazing space and to allow them to ... Continue Reading