Hello everyone, I am a brand new forum member just dropping a few lines to introduce myself. My name is Richard of course & I am from Anderson Indiana, I do live within the City limits & our City does have a no-livestock ordinance, so me being me & not taking "NO" as an acceptable answer I started bugging the Mayor & City Council for an exemption, heck even some of my fellow Andersonians got involved & started a petition drive on my behalf, alas though we had no success, however just the other day I was reading some mid-90's case law & came across an appellate ruling in Barnes v. City of Anderson, this particular case involved a pot-bellied pig but the courts decision basically made the distinction between commercial live-stock farming vs keeping "live-stock" animals as pets, which the court ruled the ordinance allowed, talk about persistence paying off! Anyway so I've been trying to study up on coop designs & stuff, there really doesn't seem to be a whole lot of "free" ones out on the entarwebz but I think I have a firm grasp on the basics things that need to be incorporated into a coop and I can probably design & build a coop that both I & the chickens would be happy with. I haven't started the actual construction yet but here are a few photos of the area where I have chosen to build my coop & run, the area is heavily shaded 24/7/365 so I thought that would be a nice cool place in the summer & it'd also be somewhat sheltered in the winter, I marked out the area with landscaping timbers. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you, hopefully I'll have more "in progress" photos to post when I get the chance to get out there and build a bit.