I was thinking about getting some Leghorns from a commercial hatchery & I was thinking would it be possible to keep them in cages (almost like rabbit cages)? According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, layers need just 60 sq inches of space. If I have a 2x2 cage (1 sq ft being taken up by a nesting box), I don't think I would put 7 chickens in there. But maybe 3? Then I can use rabbit feeders and have a nipple watering system set up. I was thinking about having these cages set up just like a rabbit hutch, except instead of housing rabbits, they house chickens. What do you think & why?