So we decided to do the backyard chicken thing in our town, with plans to utilize a chicken tractor rather than a stationary coop. Since we have a sprinkler system, we thought this would be the easiest method without having to alter existing landscaping. AND since we don't have the skills/time/equipment to build one, we hired a carpenter. He made a great coop. However, it is bigger than we wanted and can only be moved with SIGNIFICANT effort on the part of two people. It is so heavy that after a day or two, it is sinking into the grass and becomes impossible to move without sustaining injury to oneself. It has been horrendously frustrating, and our backs are killing us. It was also not cheap. So, I am annoyed that priority #1 (mobility) has been lost. We even made him put bigger wheels on it recently, and it is still not functional. We have come to the conclusion that we need to make this beast stationary. It looks like we have found a spot where we won't have to dig up and move the underground sprinklers (just adjust the heads - hopefully); however, I WILL have to tear out some landscaping edging/rock/plants and move all of that to another area. My question: What do I do for "flooring" in the run? I am NOT going to invest any money into putting in concrete. Should I add some sod to what was the rock/planting area, knowing that this will never remain a really nice area of grass...? I cannot let it be just dirt, as the sprinklers will still get this area wet every few days; the mud would drive me mad. Right now, I'm leaning towards making it grass... But will the chickens eventually eat it down to just dirt anyway? Do I just put in pea gravel or something? But how to clean it? SOOO frustrated! I was at one point excited about this chicken business, but ever since this monstrosity landed in my yard, spoiled my original plans, and added frustration to an already difficult time (I just lost my mother), I am really ready to bag the whole deal! HELP! I need to act on this in the next few days.