Hi everyone, I'm new here We are renting a house, and included in our rent is a pasture and barn. pics here We are allowed to have animals and plan to start with 6 chickens this year, and possibly get goats or sheep next year after more research and experience with the hobby farm lifestyle. We would like to use the barn for the chickens rather than build a coop, but we would be okay with building a separate coop or tractor if that seemed like a better idea. DH has built nesting boxes but we haven't installed anything. I would like the chickens to be free ranging, but I am worried about them getting into my garden as well as the land-owner's garden. The land owners are only here weekends from april-oct, probably more in summer, but they are using some of the land to grow potatoes, as well as they have their own little gardens in the yard around their cabin. I can't fence in their garden, so I should fence in the chickens. Since we plan to get more animals next year I think we should house the chickens with that in mind, but everything is flexible. Where would you put your chickens? I'm thinking of putting them in one half of the barn with some kind of moveable fencing around their outdoor space but am not sure the best plan and would love your perspective. Thanks!