Okay so now we are on 75 acres and renting. We want to move in the next few months. We've been looking at houses like crazy but can't find ANYTHING we like in our price range. We have 4 kids so need a big enough house and at the same time I want something with a couple acres for the chickens (I don't mind parting with the goats and cows but I would be devastated to part w. the chickens). We have found a super nice HUGE house on a full finished basement in a very nice area only problem is it is in a subdivision and chickens are not aloud in the city. (which is RIDICULOUS IMO that you can have barking dogs but not a few hens in a coop in your own backyard ) So here is my ingenious idea: what if we design a super nice INDOOR coop (you know how people have reptiles, ferrets, parrots, etc) for the chickens (I'd only keep 4-5 hens) and we keep them in the basement. I'll make it so they obviously can't poop on the carpet... and we'll have a trey to collect the poop and use it for compost for the garden) We'll get a privacy fence for the backyard and make a little outdoor pen for them to spend some outdoor time but we'll have the basement coop so no one can say anything because they can't come in our house and take our animals. Right?? Does this sound insane or is it a good idea??? Any input or suggestions is appreciated thanks!