That proved to be a non-winning idea:
- The tractor was built for 3 hens, and we discovered we could have 5.
- The tractor needed to be moved weekly, or actually, on a lawn, twice weekly, and still it chewed up the lawn where they were parked.
- It proved more difficult to move than planned for. That may come from my poropensity to over-build things.
- We needed to lock them in every night, and sometimes we forgot to do that.
- Feeding and watering them was rather a lot of work. It always involved dirty knees.
It had been designed to fit inside one of the garden's raised beds.
The plan was to turn the chickens loose to both fertilize and weed the space, and we only need to pay them (literally) chicken feed.
We fenced in the rest of the raised bed, and put a lid on it (leghorns actually fly fairly well. So do chicken hawks, which can find a couple of leghorns really inviting.