I am planning on getting some chickens this spring... a half dozen or so layers. I am considering ordering them rather than buying from my local farm center so I can get what I want rather than what the store carries that spring, and have considered getting the rest of the minimum 25 chick order as Cornish X meaties. I live on a 1 acre lot... if I go with the Cornish, I would likely make a large tractor and keep them in it when they're old enough to be outside. Is this an OK way to raise them? Also, everyone says they stink and poo a lot. If the tractor is moved every day, how bad would it be? With 12-14 birds, are we talking about a smell that my neighbors would smell? Does the poo break down quickly? Should I expect to have squares of 1" deep crap in my yard wherever the tractor was? I like the idea of raising my own meat chickens but don't want to render my entire backyard as a stinky, unusable mess either.