I built a tractor this past spring in order to use my chickens within my garden. It fits the width of my standard garden beds, and I added an electric fence to increase the area as needed. I am so far very happy with the results.
I had a large fallow bed that I wanted to ready for my garlic this fall. It needed to be amended as well as de-weeded. I piled composted leaves and garden compost the length of the bed. I also brought in buckets of kelp/seaweed, which since I live on an island is easy to collect. All that took me a day. Then I put my chickens on it.
Here is the tractor placed on the bed before I put up the electric fence.
Here are the chickens getting to work on tilling in the amendments and de-weeding. Because I was going to be leaving them in this setup for awhile, I gave them some grass as well as the garden bed.
Here is the garden bed a month later. All I had to do was rake dirt to smooth it out and create my planting strip down the middle.
The chickens have tilled it to a lovely consistency and it is ready for me to plant my garlic.
This new approach to gardening is fitting with my increased desire to be kinder to my soil (we used to use a mechanical tiller) as well as my aging body. It is nice to have these guys as partners.
The chickens are now on their new fallow bed and enjoying the turnip greens and fresh grass.