Hi there, I am currently designing my suburban vegetable garden (new house on big block) and want to know how I can/or should, incorporporate my proposed chicken coop also. The house is on a large suburban block in an area which allows up to 10 chickens, however I only want four (no rooster allowed), so I have space for 5 raised beds and a chicken coop. The beds are going to be approximately 5 yards by 2 yards and raised 1 foot off the ground, very solid timber construction. I am planning to rotate crops each year as seems to be the best practice. My thinking is, that if I make the chicken coop the same dimensions as the beds, with a strong base that fits perfectly onto the raised bed walls, then I can move the cage from 1 bed to the next each year letting the little fellas pick at food scraps and garden/lawn matter (plus pellets), incorporating all into the garden bed with their litter and freely provided fertilizer. Is this a good idea? I have the ability to build it, but is it going to be worth it? My concerens are; 1. Will the bed be usable once I move the coop or will it be too high in nitrogen to grow anything for a season (I understand normally I should compost the manure first, but not considered in this scenario). 2. Can I fit this high nitrogen period into a rotation system (ie are there plants that will love to follow the coop around the rotation). 3. How long should I leave the coop there to accumulate droppings and be tilled. I was thinking one bed per year, but I might damage the soil chemistry. 4. Potential weed problems from feed/waste dispersal. I have seen sites where coops have been in the past and they are jungles, so it must be good for the soil in some way. I could follow up the coup with a green manure crop (fallow season) however I think the fallow bed needs to fit in somewhere else in the rotation system, so advice on that would be appreciated. If I can rotate the coop on a seasonal basis, then I can have a 6th garden bed (the space where the coop would have been if permanent). What havent I thought of. Is this genius or stupidity. Thoughts? Thanks Raphael in Australia PS - I will take pictures of all this if I go ahead with it and put them up for people to look at, or laugh at.