A few good hens: 3 Barred Plymoth Rock, 1 Rhode Island Red, and one sassy little red number with white tail feathers:
this website--which is full of awesome information about running small scale poultry operations in limited spaces. Why a mobile chicken coop? Well-- it is nice because your chicks always have some fresh grass to peck on, they clean up grubs and bugs from your yard, and if you move the coop every 1-2 days you never get that super-concentrated, nasty chicken stink going on. Each time we move this coop we just rake up the dead grass and chicken droppings and in the compost it goes. The "yard" grows back and then by the end of the chicken coop rotation you start over again.
A state-of-the-art, triangular design with metal roof cap to keep the upstairs roosting and nesting areas dry. An open chicken wire bottom, so our hens can root and scratch in the fresh Bering Sea breeze.
Here is one of our hens giving me the stink eye for disturbing her egg-laying. As you were, chicken.
So... there you have it. My life-long dream of a small flock of backyard chickens checked off the bucket list. And 4-5 fresh eggs a day... as Borat would say, "very nice!" And miss Sadie Mai, well, she loves the chickens. If you even mention the word chicken in casual conversation she goes off with a series of "bok-bok'bok" sounds until a chicken-feeding field trip results.