So I have several chickens now in my barn(about a 30 by 30 ft area) but I have about 3 acres that can be a pain to mow even with a riding mower. Also I'm wanting to start some garden beds and would like some input. I do have dogs so I have noticed virtually no predators coming onto my land(seen plenty of corn snakes, but my understanding they would only be after eggs or chicks?). Only one dog is allowed free roam and she stays mostly inside. I will be using some thick hardware cloth though just in case. So I am looking at making something like this.... I'd like to make a few because I have about 5-6 different breeds and I want to separate them to have purebred eggs, as well as weeding and mowing is tedious =p I've watched a few videos and it does seem like moving these tractors on raised beds are also tedious, escaping birds, need to lift the entire thing(I do have 1 other person who could help with that), etc. I do like the idea of the "deep mulching" method with chickens(leave them in one area for a few weeks and continuing to add hay). We have psycho growing grass here in Alabama and for a few months my Riding Mower was broken, push mowing it sucks so only main areas got done, and OMG the weeds are taking over....I'm thinking this method will help get rid of all the grass/weeds so I have a nice, clean garden bed ready to plant on next year? How exactly does that work(and yes I just ordered "The Chicken Tractor" book). My understanding is you leave the chickens in one spot(or on one raised bed), keep adding hay and after a couple weeks moving the chickens to a new spot....then A)you can either plant something that likes high nitrogen & is good for feeding chickens/ repairing soil, correct? Then it grows about 4 inches and you put the chickens back for them to eat/scratch it up, after its gone then move the chickens to another spot letting that one decompose a couple weeks then plant? OR B) you can just leave it to decompose for a few months so its not too high nitrogen(do you need to turn it like a compost pile?) If I for some reason did not want to wait that long and did not plant greenery for chickens(could I only wait a couple weeks instead of months) and just add a few inches of top soil and go ahead and plant? I mean I would think I could still do the deep mulch method without actual wooden raised bed borders if I just dig up the area a bit before adding the chicken tractor and then just pile it up? Oh and a good part of my land was actually being used by a farmer, he had been using about an acre of my land to plant on(2-3 crops a year from what I've seen) so I imagine its fertility is poor(haven't tested it yet) and I have a fence up now but I know some of the things he sprays are definitely blown into my yard(OMG the stench for days after he fertilized his crops =( I would imagine that stuff is not good to have blown into your chicken tractors....I have not noticed it affecting the chickens in my barn but it is now a good 20 foot from the fence and the side facing fence has metal siding. So important question here, is this a good way to get RID of all the grass and weeds for my future garden beds without having to shovel it all out? How many inches of hay or mulch(which is better?) am I going to need to add to ensure grass/weeds don't come back(or should I add garden fabric or something on top after I remove the chicken tractor?), I do not want to fertilize the grass/weeds.....it grows waaaaaayyyy too well already.