This weekend I took the plunge and became a new city small scale farmer. When I say "city" I mean small village, and when I say "farmer" I mean rabbits and chickens. And when i say "small scale" I mean five hens and four breeding rabbits. I'm looking for some words of wisdom, sage advice and whatever else some of the more experienced little "farmers" here can offer. Meanwhile, I have five three day old pullets comfortably sleeping under the heat lamp in the garage while I'm outside building my farm. I live on a bit under a quarter acre on a corner lot in a residential area. I have a fenced back yard, but my wife insisted on the farm being confined to a 15'X16' section between the shed and garage. It's on a cement slab, so and advice on a cement bottomed chicken run would be appreciated. The "farm" will include three rabbit hutches, a chicken coop with run beneath, a tiny little blacksmith shop and some storage hutches. All are being constructed to look like little row houses. I'll post photos when they're done. Other info you may need to advise me... I live in Michigan so weather is always an issue. My village council has an ordinance against chickens, but I am protected under the Michigan Right to Farm Act. However, I don't want to deal with any hassles so I want it small and quiet (no roosters).