Originally Posted by Percheron chick
You do not need a traditional 4 sided coop living in Sacramento. 2 feet wide is of no value. It might be best to start over. You need 4 feet minimum for them to get up and down from the roosts. An 8x4 coop should be your minimum. You will maximize your lumber and minimize your cuts. I would go with an open design (2 or 3 sided) to help with your brutal summers. They do like to stay dry but cold is not your concern. The chicken wire needs to be beefed up with hardware cloth or chainlink. The loose dogs cruising the neighborhood will rip through that in 10 seconds flat.
If I extend the floor and sides of the coop out another 2 feet, you think they will be ok in the winter? That would give them 8x4 semi enclosed and a full 8x12 of floor space underneath, plus some yard time.
We live in an area of town with loose chickens everywhere, parks, streets, etc. I would think that any predators would be more drawn to them than our boxed in chicks, but I'm trying to make it as safe as I can.