Hello everyone, I am new to the idea of chicken raising and have been helped so much by all of your input thus far. A couple things are giving me trouble though: 1)My container garden Our backyard isn't acres, but we live on a slight hill and it seems spacious to me. It is 97% grass except for a concrete patio, where a container garden is going to be. Some of you have mentioned that chickens will destroy this garden if allowed to roam free. This makes me not want to raise chickens, even though I am getting very used to the idea! I also would love their help for pest control. Our backyard is alive with all sorts of bugs in the Missouri summer. Anyway, the plants will all be in containers on the concrete patio (although the patio is only a few inches off the ground.) So my question is, will they ruin my garden? 2) Our lawn Next hurdle: Convincing our landlord! Will they ruin his lawn? Some of you have said, yes, they turn it into a dust/mudbowl wasteland, and some of you have said it helps your lawn. Will any permanent damage be done? THANK you everyone! I am dreaming of little baby chicks!