Well, I have decided that I wanted to raise birds in the winter but keep them in the barn instead of putting them out on pasture. However, it did work out and it was the smart decision as we ended up with some cold temps and some snow. Pros.... I can feed close to 300 chickens in about 10 minutes and water in about 15. Which makes the whole thing way, way easier. It's a lot easier to control the temperature, but not so much the humidity. It practically rains in the coop if I don't ventilate it enough, if I close it up too much... it rains from the condensation. Cons.... notice not too many pros. They are lazy, repulsive, and every other word that people have described them on this forum. WOW... I have been raising two totally different birds this year. The ones in the tractors, have much stronger legs, nicer feathers, brighter eyes, and are overall healthier. Night and day comparison.... I have lost about 6 to leg problems in the last week. Which is unheard of in a tractor. The manure is out of this word. I can raise replacement layers in the same building (500) compared to the 300 broilers and the manure is times 10... EASY. For those of you that use tractors envision the manure that is left behind when you move the tractor in the morning.... times that by two... and that's what I have in my coop! Even at a young age I had a very hard time keeping the floor dry from the manure. I bailed on the shaving and am now using straw... just a couple more weeks to go! I honestly truly believe that by giving them that fresh air, grass, and insects galore they get some kind of nutrients that they do not get inside. Very, very easier to manage the manure out on pasture as well, and it's more focussed in a tractor. When using a free range set up, they tend to overload one area very quickly with manure. Hope all had a good holiday!