I just wanted to throw this out there. When I first threw the chicken tractors within the garden area to selectively fertilize patch by patch, there were gopher mounds everywhere. I figured I would deal with them later, because I am a little lazy. To my surprise, the gopher mounds began to disappear. The last gopher mound in my garden, I planted the chicken tractor directly on top, and that was the last of those irritating guys. They did not come back till about a month after my small chicken flock was cleaned out by the cleverest raccoons on earth. Never have I heard of such a theory proposing chickens to be effective gopher-scarer-offers, but I would love to promote it to others, gaining a little outside experience to support my observations. A friend of mind is very into roses, flowers, the like, and has poisoned, fire-bombed, and gassed the gophers out, at much expense and stress on her mind. But I don't think she believed me when I told her the chickens scared all my gophers away. Has anyone found this to be true?