Well, while my BF and I were securing tarp from the top of my shed to the back of my fence, for shade, in my newly built chicken coop/run; the zoning officer was posting a notice on my door with a stop order. Apparently, while the city of Buffalo has NO restrictions on chickens, My country town, which is filled with dairy farms, allows none. No livestock, except domestic cats and dogs. So, I thought I was going to have to get rid of my 14 babies. However, my neighbor, from a few doors down, who had bought 20 plus acres of the farm field behind us, said we could keep them there. So, my questions are, in a tractor similar To the one Patand chickens posted, can you still use a modified version of the deep liter method, for the enclosed part? Also can you use DE for liter you plan on composting??? Wont it kill the good things in your garden, too? Is there something else I could use, if so? Finally I'm probably going to have to find homes for some of the babies anyway. The encloser I'm going to try to build is going to 8 x 4 with an additional 8 x8 run. However the two birds I'm most attached to I think are roosters, so If they are, what would be the minimal amont of hens I should keep, to keep everyone happy? I'm off to work, so I wount be able to answer any ? right away, but any and all advise would be truly appreciated. Ray.