Hi there, My names is Amanda. I live with my family in Dublin, Ireland. Family includes an aged, smelly, indolent, friendly Bassett Hound (who cannot be bothered to chase anything - he has a very "you threw the stick, why don't you go get it" attitude), 3 gorgeous children (aged 12, 9 and 9) and Himself. We have a small city cottage with a small city garden where we are considering, just considering keeping 2-3 Silkie Bantams (my daughter has already named hers Snowflake... I like the name Spooky). At the moment, I am just trying to work out how feasible it would be. I don't like to keep animals caged if they don't like being confined - we looked after a pair of guinea pigs recently and I'm not sure that they have a happy life. We have seen a nice small coop and run, and are considering putting it in some 4x4' raised flower beds, that we will mulch with leaves etc. It is slug central out there right now. We would appreciate any advice.