Hello everyone, I'm new to chickens and to this forum. I am trying to decide whether chickens are right for my family, given the amount of space we have and the current uses we've put it to. I have tons of questions, so I'm hoping you guys can help! (although, I am going to talk to chicken owners in my area and buy a book) My questions don't really have to do with coop design, since tractor and coop pictures are all over the internet and my husband's an engineer. My questions have more to do with keeping the chickens in fresh grass, dealing with their poop, keeping them safe from the two dogs, and keeping my vegetable garden safe from the chickens. The dogs are already not allowed on the vegetable garden side of the yard, and my husband would prefer to keep the grilling area free of chicken poop (which I imagine is harder to scoop than dog poo). To help visualize this situation, here's an image of the backyard: The area I'm thinking of using is the 5 foot by 19 foot area next to the vegetable beds. This keeps the dogs double fenced away from the chickens and the chickens out of the vegetable beds. I'd like to get three chickens. My questions are: 1. If they are confined to that space, will they be happy enough? 2. How can I keep grass growing in the chicken area? I like the thought of them being able to eat grass. 3. If that's impossible, what's a better solution? 4. Does any other section of the yard strike you guys as a better solution? 5. Has anyone had success training dogs to not eat chickens? I have a 7.5 year old lab mix that I'm pretty sure I could teach to not kill birds, but the 10 month old German Shepherd mix puppy seems trickier. Thanks in advance for any advice you guys can give.