The garden in the rear yard is for much of the year shaded by live oaks during most of the day. By mid to late summer there’s enough direct sun to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant successfully. In the spring it’s hot, but the shade cools the garden air to still grow lettuce well. We had romaine and loose leaf into late April. But we’ve steadily expanded the front yard garden where there’s now enough room to accommodate many of our vegetable needs. So we’ve decided to try our hand at suburban chickens. About a hundred and twenty square feet of our rear garden area has been converted into a chicken coop. That should give a dozen or more laying hens plenty of room and perhaps will be the best use of that space. We’ll be obtaining chickens, hopefully, within a month or two. In the meantime however, the pen will be occupied by a turkey we obtained from a friend. The pen was built with mostly salvaged materials and was finished last weekend.