Hello all. I'm new to this forum, though I've been reading it on and off for months now. Some background: My wife and I are going back and forth about raising some hens. Our family of 5 eats about 1 1/2 to 2 doz eggs a week and we'd obviously like to have fresh eggs, for all the usual reasons. We live in a suburb that considers chickens to be "livestock", but we're good friends with the village inspector and she's assured us that we'd be safe from persecution. Also, our neighbors are pretty much on board, they don't seem to have a problem with us keeping chickens (unfortunately, bees were ruled out). So here's what we had been thinking. We've got a 10' x 20' covered deck in our back yard that currently has nothing underneath it. It's about 4' off the ground. Next to the deck is a perennial garden with about 400sq feet of foraging space. Would it be feasible to put the coop and run under the deck, with occasional use of the perennial garden (possibly covered with netting)? The area would get some sunlight, not direct though. It could be fenced off to keep any predators out. Also, it will stay fairly dry under the deck. Our main concern is that it might smell under the deck and we wouldn't be able to sit out there. It's easily accessible from the basement stairs, so it should be easy clean the poop.....and I know that's the main culprit as far as odors. The nesting boxes could be accessed by the basement steps as well. Any thoughts on this scenerio? Thanks!