The backstory: We live in my husband's grandmother's old house, he bought it when she passed. The history of the property is that back in the early 1900's his family owned a buggy shop and then when those good old horseless carriages came along it was turned into a mechanics garage. It's a very small piece of property and over the years there has been concrete put down and taking out in the back yard. So long story short, we have a back yard that does not have topsoil, it's mostly shale and pebble and the only thing that grows really well is weeds and clover. I say to my husband in the summer, "The weeds need mowing." I have tried to garden in it for the past three years and it's just not happening. We really need to buy some top soil and amendment if we someday want a real lawn (YES! YES! YES!) So here's the story, we waffled back and forth about whether to build a chicken tractor or a stationary chicken coop with a movable run. I was looking out the window at our back yard last night cursing our horrid soil and my failed attempt at a decent garden over the past three summers. You can tell where the "garden" was as it's the high patch of awful looking dead weeds which will magically come back to life in a couple of months It's a real eye sore and I'm not even going to try gardening this year as the soil itself just needs so much work. Anyway, it hit me! Why don't we put in a stationary coop and run right where the garden is! Chickens will definitely "landscape" it for us and really go to town on the weeds, grass, and bugs, etc. I'm hoping they will take it right down to the very dirt and just completely decimate the foliage. Then this fall I can turn the stationary run into a movable run which can be moved around the yard each day and plant winter rye in the dirt and we can start working on building up some decent soil. The total area is 10'x20' What do you chicken experts think? Lay it on me!