I tried to describe a chicken tractor to Cliff. I even showed him some pictures on the Internet. He worked with what he had, and here's what he came up with.
Problem #1: There is no other door anywhere for me to put a feeder and waterer in the pen or house, nor any way I can get in and catch a chicken if I need to. After I explained this to him, although he still wasn't so sure I knew what I was talking about, he fixed the front end of the pen so it could be opened.
Problem #2: A chicken tractor needs to be moved at least every day to keep the chickens on fresh grass. This thing is so heavy, it takes a tractor to move it.
Then Cliff saw an ad on Craigslist. Somebody was making and selling small chicken houses with attached pen, big enough for one or two hens. "This is just what you need," he said.
Well, the picture looked good. The chicken house looked like it ought to work. I have searched my blog, but can't find a picture of the chicken house with pen, only this picture of the back of the house where the nest area was.
As time went by, the hens decided they didn't want to lay eggs in the nest or roost on the roost. They took to roosting in the nest area, pooping in there all night long. They laid their eggs on the floor.
It was a mess. So Patsy, if you can get around all these problems, more power to you.