Looking for ideas/tips/advice For my veggies, I currently have an area that is 6 strips of garden that are each 4x20 feet, with a lawnmower width of grass between them. I do a lasagna style garden, more or less (in that they've never been dug, and I regularly dump layers of whatever I have- leaves, seaweed, compost, wood chips, whatever comes out of the coop/run etc). Each year, I rotate the crops down one strip. I've had this running for the 2 years we've been living here, and am enchanted with this method - except for the fact that I positioned my garden at the very top of a steep hill :/ So, as I was lugging wheelbarrow load after load of stuff up the hill I was cursing not just having the chickens by the garden... When it occurred to me that I've been considering meat chickens, and what if I didn't have to move their manure or a tractor around at all? So, I'm thinking, what if I made another strip of garden (or maybe 2) and put the meat chickens in it? I would rotate them to a new strip each year, and obviously not grow any plants in that strip that year, giving that strip of garden a fallow refreshing year. If I did 2 rows of chickens, I'd put them on strips 1&5, then 2&6 the following year, etc. So, my questions: if I did a 4x20 tractor style area (which includes both coop and run) how many meat chickens do you think would be able to live happily in there, given that I would not move the tractor or really want to clean it out, as the manure is where I want it- I would, however, throw in lots of straw, leaves etc and rake around the worst of the mess to keep it as clean as possible. I'm not sure if I want Cornish cross or our local version of a freedom ranger type meat bird- I will probably do some of each the first year to decide. Ate a few australorpes this year, not as impressed as I hoped to be Would you build up the strip of garden area this year, layered style, or just let them start on the grass strip next year? I have enough materials here it wouldn't be a big deal, other than another dozen or so trips UP the hill (haven't gone to the gym once since I moved here ) Do you think I could do 2 batches on the same garden strip in a year, or would it need time to mellow in between for the health of the second batch? Anything I'm missing?