Ok, so this boils down to one thing. I have no self control, HAHA! My boss wanted to go to "Chick Days" at our local Orschlen's to get chickens for his daughters and I thought, "Why the heck not, I'll get a couple too!" I had previously raised ~20 quail but lost them during a storm a couple years back when their hutch blew away. I could hear some of the mails in the field near my house for a while after that, but I'm assuming the local wildlife finally got them all :(
Enough about that. Here's my schpill. I am considering making a 4'x4' raised coop for these two chickies to live in once they get older and probably around a 6'x12' run area plus the area under the coop which brings the grand total to 10'x12'. I am in a residential area with neighbors to my side and rear so I am limited to using my fenced in back yard. My concerns are, will this size of coop/run be good enough to keep the smell down if not eliminate it altogether? I know that chickens are poop factories, but if I can keep the neighbors from smelling it and complaining that will be one less thing to worry about. (Even though one neighbor has about 4 hound dogs that yowl incessantly that I let slide. Because they're dogs, that's what they do.)
Also, how many chickens would I be able to keep in this area comfortably while minimizing funky fresh poo smell? I am thinking about getting some bantam chickens eventually once this first group "expires" for lack of a better term.
Here are my new Orpington babies. :D