So the meatie chicks will be here in two weeks or so. That will put them at the beginning of November for processing. The plan is to fence part of my garden off to start (where I didn't bother planting this year), and expand the fence as I harvest. I will putting fencing over the top of the garden as I expand the meatie land. I have the parts to put together a simple shelter for them (3 sided "shed"). My silly conundrum is where to put the feed and water. When I had them in the coop, I placed feed and water on separate sides of their pen to encourage walking. I don't know how to deal with them in the garden - put the feed and water in their shed? On the opposing side with a cover so the feed doesn't get wet and spoil? Will they be smart enough to go to the shed for shelter, and get food and water when they need it? Hopefully we won't have too much snow flying by the time it's processing. How do other people have things set up when they keep their meaties outdoors? I don't want to build a tractor - I don't have the physical ability to carry things well (shoulders dislocate too easily), and a lawn tractor would not get into my garden well. I have sealed drums to keep feed in near the pen outdoors, and hubby is kind enough to haul feed wherever I need it (I'm sure to feed him well in exchange ) I'd run them in the coop again, but I'm getting a lot more, and I'd rather they poop in the garden, which is where all the chicken litter goes anyway. We have a good handle on predators here.