We’re nearing the end of year 2 with our small flock, and they’ve been doing great, thanks to the start-up and coop building advice we received here at backyardchickens.com. However, we have found our chickens really love free ranging, and while I can tolerate the mess the’re making of our flower beds, we just managed to lose one to a red tail hawk. We want to avoid a repeat of that, as much as possible, and that renewed our discussion of building a chicken tractor. I’ve also been contemplating building a garage where our permanent coop now stands, which would mean building a new coop, as the old one is on a stone foundation and cannot be moved without complete tear-down and re-assembly. This, coupled with thoughts that moving them from coop to tractor every morning and evening is not going to be practical when we don’t get home from work before dark for half of the year, has me wondering if I should just plan to have them LIVE in the tractor. I mean, build it large enough and strong enough that they can just live in it, and ditch the fixed coop altogether. I can imagine several pros and cons of going this route, but would like to hear from folks who’ve tried something like this.