I am building a homestead and need some advice. My home is going up. I have a big garden and orchard area on the right. I have pasture past the house on the left. I am trying to figure out where to put he coop and the compost piles. I will have livestock and hope to compost the hay/straw once it is full of manure. Then put the compost eventually in the garden. I hear chickens can be great on a compost pile. So should i put the pile by the barn and the chickens by the barn and then move compost into garden later? Or put chickens close to the garden as well as the pile as i hear chickens and ducks can be very useful in the garden for pest control (once plants are big enough) and then i don’t have to move the compost far once it is ready for the garden.
Any favorite books on farm/homestead design?
I would keep chickens away from an annual garden. Mainly because i don't have a time when nothing is growing.
Compost pile- i would not fret it. You may end up with 2 piles. If you have a constant supply of manure, at some point you will stop adding to it to let it finish. This means starting a second pile. Relocating the new pile based on needs is easy. No long term effects or need to be in one place. My consideration for where my pile is based on a water source close by.
On chickens i want them near the cow corral. Multiple reasons why. There is a water source for the chickens. There is dry storage for the chickens. I want the chickens to get the cow patties for fly control.