Ive been doing lots of reading and am trying to figure out the best option for my property and set up. Id love to hear what those with experience would do with my options.
I have a concrete floor chainlink dog kennel with a top in an area that is about 3/4 an acre that Ill fence. There is some vine growing on the chainlink Ill need to identify as safe for the chicks but it provides good shade, so do the trees above. I live in the sierra nevada foothills and there are many natural predators. I was planning on building a sheltered nesting box area that I may cut the chainlink and create a lifting panel to access. I'd put deep straw on the floor and a perch area and maybe a sandbath if there is room.
Ill need to fence this property, but the last picture is the habitat they will mostly live in and ill build them a lawn tractor for the acreage eventually.
Build a traditional coop in this area in one of the corners of the fenced in area farthest from the house. Some of my garden beds will go in here, atleast 5, but there would still be plenty of room for the 6 chickens I want. Ill need to put a hardware cloth reinforcing on the bottom all the way around this . There is more sun in this area, but still a couple trees.
What would you do if you had these options??
Thank you in advance for your advice!