This shot gives you a better idea of how I've incorporated the coop and run into my gardens. I'm not what you would call a precise gardener. I prefer to let my flowers do as they please, and they do, thank you very much!
People often ask what the secret to having gardens AND chickens is. There are lots of flowers in my garden that my Girls ignore, and some that they love to eat. Petunias are a favored snack. They sample lots of it, so I combat the problem with such abundance that they just can't do much harm. If your garden is small, and they have few choices, six chickens will easily devour it. Veggies are a bit harder. They ate all my pole beans and most of my tomatoes...
This is my newest hen, Hazel. She was adopted after the rest of her flock was taken by predators. She's about a year younger than the other girls and it took them a little while to accept her into the flock. Lucky Hazel is very fast and agile, not to mention resourceful. She has managed to stay one step ahead of the (ahem) Older Ladies, and now gets along with them quite well.
And of course, this is how my Girls pay their rent. Fresh eggs are wonderful, and since my girls free range, eating grass and bugs, flowers and even toads, these eggs are higher in Omega 3 and lower in cholesterol, than store bought eggs from factory farms. Best of all, my Girls are happy, living in their fairy tale coop, surrounded by flowers in Chicken Hollow.