Tractor Stuck in the Mud

My tractor is stuck in the mud. Now what? (To skip ahead to how I got it free, read this follow-up posting).

How did I get stuck? Well, I lost some hens to predators. I figured that the thing to do was to fire up the tractor, mow next to the fence while keeping an eye out for game trails through the grass, and then move the fence slightly. It’s just a couple of strands of aluminum fence wire on step-in fence posts, so moving it is easy.

That would deal with the grass that’s shorting out the fence and perform a reconnaissance that might reveal where the predators were coming from. On the tractor, I sit up high enough that I get a better view than if I’m on foot.

Well, keeping my eyes peeled for predator sign meant I wasn’t watching where I was going, and I bogged down in some very soft ground. Now what? When a vehicle is stuck, I pull it free with the tractor. If the tractor is stuck, I got nothin’!

One of my neighbors came by, asking if he could borrow the tractor to pull out his pickup, which is stuck on his own field. He thinks he can borrow a pal’s 4WD tractor and pull out both vehicles. Let’s hope.

As it turns out, the predators were getting through because the feeder wire for the electric fence had burned through. If I’d checked that first, none of this would have happened!

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Robert Plamondon has written three books, received over 30 U.S. patents, founded several businesses, and is an expert on free-range chickens. His publishing company, Norton Creek Press, is a treasure trove of the best poultry books of the last 100 years.

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  1. I’ve been having electric fencing & predator problems as well. They’ve just about cleaned me out. I’m going to start trapping using foothold traps and spare roosters. Most of my problems are in daylight and I’m pretty sure it’s coyotes. What’s the average voltage on your fences? Thanks your posts are extremely helpful.

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