I think it took less than a month for me to replace the tractor with a larger coop. The tractor was a good place to start but it was just too small. And heavy! When this shipping crate came along I saw a great opportunity. I'm using the deep litter method and it sure is nice. Way better than the dirt floor of the previous set up. The girls really get in there and stir it up. The covered run is pretty great too. Husband helped me button up the project moments before the storm arrived. I still see lots of room for improvement and I don't think the coop tinkering will ever stop... Jo (Mottled Java) and Lucky (Blue Andalusion). The girls are clearly very happy (Lucky just looks mad). And now there's a door at the end I can open for them to free range.