hello My name is Simon and I live in the UK. Firstly well done on a great site and by the looks of things a great friendly forum. So onto the dilemma My home has a relatively small garden - approx 10 metres by 5 metres in a typical anywhereUK housing estate and I am thinking of getting some chickens because 1) I fancy fresh eggs 2) I am trying to become more self sufficient. 3) I prefer getting closer to the food source So I need some advice please: 1) I have a cat and the area has a fair few cats - will this pose a problem if I let my chickens free run in the garden? 2) I dont really want a run (sorry this might not be the correct term) as the garden has plenty of undergrowth for chickens to forage in so I am thinking of just getting them back in the coop each night - is this feasible? Should I clip wings? Is that ethical? 3) will they wreck my garden by scratching everything up? I am in the process of changing a border into my "crop garden" and the kids will still want to play football (soccer) on the lawn. I would really appreciate your feedback and apologies if I have put this in the wrong room. Oh and just to let you all know - you were mentioned in the Sunday Times so expect more traffic!