It's permanent... no tractor. My chickens free range most all day and yes, they do poop on the steps and porch but we just hose it off because it's not all the time. We have 11 acres for them to roam and they seem to be content.
Questions... what breed did you get? All pullets or straight run? Do you plan to keep about that many or are you waiting to make that decision? Will you be raising chicks for meat or do you just want eggs? Are you ok with certain areas of your yard looking like a barren wasteland?
Chickens aren't very difficult to keep happy but how much space you need and where you should keep them will depend on your answers to the above questions.
Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie
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