I would like to, at least once, have the experience in raising my own meat. Even if I went on to buy all of the meat during the rest of my life from the store, I think it would give me a better understanding and appreciation for the life that was lost. That being said, I live in the city and I'm not supposed to have chickens. Waah! So, There's an area along the back wall of our shed (8-10 ft long) that you can't see from the street, nor do I think any of the neighbors can see. I have a design in mind for kind of a chicken hutch. Something their poop could just fall through. As their poop builds up, I could just layer hay to make a pretty nice compost. Or....could I just build them a coop, and layer the hay instead of fully cleaning it out, since they'll only be in there about 8 weeks anyway? This is all hypothetical and I don't know anything about this so I thought I would ask the pros!