We've just had our second batch of Cornish Rock Giants processed. This was our first year raising chickens of any kind. The taste of the birds made it all worthwhile but we were left feeling like we would like to do things differently next year. This year I built a 10x5 tractor out of wood (2x2s) with wheels on one end, with a skirt of chicken wire around the bottom to deter diggers. It seemed to work fine, but had to be weighted down with rocks and that made moving the tractor a bit of a pain. I moved it every 24 hours but towards the end that wasn't enough to keep up with the mess, and they smelled pretty bad. We'd really like to free-range them, or at the very least have them in a large paddock of some kind. We don't appear to have many ground-based predators around, judging by all the free-ranging chickens on other farms on our street, but we do have raptors. So we are trying to wrap our heads around a management system that would protect the birds, especially while they are small, while giving them lots of room so the poop issue isn't so bad. Hopefully with more room they might walk a bit more and not be so pathetically lame (towards the end they would take a few steps and just drop to the ground, exhausted). I'd love to hear from those who don't use tractors for their meat birds - what's your setup and how often do you clean, move things, etc?