Although I'm new to the forum and to practising permaculture design, I am expecting them to play a significant part in my life shortly. My wife and I have bought a 16 acre property in South Gippsland and are currently having our (energy efficient) house built. We are also in the throes of designing the farm consistent with permaculture principles. Having read Permaculature One and being an early subscriber to the Permaculture Magazine published in the late '70's (?), this has been a 30+ year dream that we are now able to realise. The forum looks like an excellent vehicle for discussing issues and ideas and no doubt, seeking lots of advice. As a 'first up' matter, I recently read Linda Woodrow's book "The Permaculture Home Garden". It contains lots of excellent advice and I hope to use many of her ideas. I am, however, unsure about her chook dome. In particular, I'm concerned about its viability in inclement weather (not unknown in Sth Gippsland). I expect that this is addressed elsewhere in the forum and will search it out. As an alternative, I am thinking about an octagonal chook house with eight arterial arms forming vegetable gardens that can then be rotatated - the 'chicken tractors' working on each section once the garden has been harvested. I would also include a permanent chicken run as the first 1-2 meters out from the chook house. It looks a bit like a spider's web actually! Any experience with this or any thoughts would be appreciated.