Greeting everyone. I am a newbie to all of this so forgive me if I ask stupid questions. I am just beginning in my learning curve. My property is all chain linled fenced in and secure. Two of my property lines have lots of tall, old pine trees growing along them. The area under these pines are covered with thick layers of old pine straw. What I am considering doing (and I really would like to hear your opinions) is buildinga portable coop and fenced in area for the chickens to forage safely in. My thoughts are the chickens would forage through the layers of pine straw.... eating, bugs, insects and field mice. Once they have ferterlized and tilled the soil under the pine straw I could move the coop etc. to another area like the first. Then I would build my raised beds, fill with organic soil mixture and plant my veggies and herbs in these. I will use my drip irrgation system to water the garden. I am not sure about keeping a rooster, however I do want at least 4 good laying hens. Pros and Cons??? I really do want your thoughts and opinons. Thanks Rodney in South Carolina 75 Degrees on December 4th Very mild winters and long growing seasons.