Allrighty, I wanted to talk about where to put my chickens. Pat keeps telling me (and others) what a bad idea it is to overwinter chickens in a tractor (very small coop) and it makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, this advice has been feeding the little demon in my head that tells me to go out and make an indoor/outdoor coop out of the side of the garage. Here's a diagram of our yard: The problem with my lot is it's VERY visible. There's a baseball diamond diagonally across the street and in the summer we've always got people in lawn chairs in the road and we don't have a fence, so I've been very against putting anything on the 'public' side of our walkway. Maybe it's just a mental thing, but I don't know if city ordinances allow chickens and I don't want to ask for fear they'll say no and then any possibility of stealth chickens will be shot. (There's people who drive around just for the sole purpose of being nosy and causing trouble, our first summer in the house we were getting complaint letters twice a week about the length of our grass, which was frequently mowed) My biggest problem is I want a fence, but can't afford one (yet I'm considering chickens, go figure, I never claimed sanity) Anyhoo. At first I really wanted a smallish coop-tractor type thing right next to the back door (see right-most chicken graphic). It would be close to the house, protected from wind on one side and I'd only have to step out the back door to gather eggs (no need to even get out of my bathrobe!) However, as convenient as that would be for me I really can't bring myself to put the chickens' welfare aside just for the sake of convenience. Hence the left-most chicken graphic. There's a bank of windows on that side of the garage. I think I could make a tall and narrow coop inside the garage along with a mini-run on the outside of the garage with ramps leading through an existing window. No drastic garage deconstruction required. What does everyone think?