I've long wanted to keep chickens, both for the eggs and also for the children to keep as pets. The issue is however I live in a town house with a relatively small garden, which my wife likes to keep as grass for the children and has a trampoline parked in one corner which takes up around 1/3rd of the garden.
But we do have an area of dead space down the side of my house which I recon might be just about big enough for a chicken coop, and a bit of a run. The area in question has never been used for anything apart from stacking up old crap and in my mind it's a total waste of space so it would be good to put it to good use.
I would say that the area in question is about 20 foot long and 4 foot wide.
It is walled in on 3 sides to a height of around 10 foot and has a gate which can be closed up making it completely shut off - I will try and post a picture when I get chance to take one in the daylight.
At the moment the ground is covered in pea shingle, but I think there's concrete or slabs underneath.
So I have some questions please;
Firstly; is this area big enough to keep 2 chickens in?? Obviously I would build some kind of chicken house or buy one to fit. The rest of the area would be used as a run. If needs be I would put some kind of chicken wire roof on there to keep the chickens in and the foxes out!
Second; is it ok to keep chickens in this kind of environment, e.g. walled in on 3 sides and with a concrete or slabbed floor and with a closed door?? I would shovel out the pea shingle if needs be, as I can't see this being to good on the chickens feet, and it would be a b*stard to clean down. Maybe I'd chuck a bale of hay in there to line the floor.
Thirdly; (and based on the above being ok) How would I go about cleaning down the floor?? I usually scrub down the rest of the yard with a little jays fluid every now and then. I know that this is ok around some animals, but a don't know if this may be harmful to chickens. Just trying to get an idea of how maintenance intensive it would be.
Fourthly, I reserve the right to ask more questions in due course - I'm a total novice here and any advice is greatly appreciated. For the moment I'm just trying to get an idea of what is and isn't possible given the space I have available, but questions on food, type of coop, type of chicken, in fact everything to do with keeping chickens is soon to follow.
Many thanks in advance for your advice.
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