I'm starting to plan a place for my chickens coop and I have a spot under a deck with a lot of foliage around it and then a large open yard. Should I put the coop under the deck, out will they destroy my flowers? Thanks!
Decide what you want more; chickens or flowers under the deck because if the chickens can, they will be in the flower bed-eating tasty flowers-eating insects-dust bathing-all the while scratching and digging. If you want both there then plan on keeping the poultry locked in. I, myself, with only six birds, would put them under the deck to keep them safe. However, should you plan on having more than six, put the coop away from the house as chickens can be messy.
Perhaps making a coop that can be moved is a good option for you.
Chickens and flower/vegetable beds do not mix. You have a beautiful garden and I'd hate to see it destroyed. I agree with making a separate coop and run. There are several you can buy that look nice and many awesome designs here in the forums! Bust of luck with your decision!
No-one mentioned that they will poop all over the patio. Dried chicken poop is hard to remove, especially when tracked into the house on your shoes.
Save your landscaping and move the chicken coop to the grassy area.