My chicks are three weeks old and I need to start to think about an outdoor coop for them. They were newly-hatched wild chicks that I rescued from a grate, so I was not planning on having chickens. This is a pic of my very small yard. It is not fenced in and most of the neighborhood dogs are allowed to roam free and frequently kill the wild chickens, so I can't free range them. The kayak and the roof rack both belong to my landlords and can be moved (at least I think. They've said before they would move it, yet there it still sits!). The lawn chairs (lovely) and tiles were both there when I moved in and could possibly be incorporated into the design (I heard chicks love lawn chairs and tile is good for mud, although these tiles are pretty slick).
I live in Hawaii so cold weather and hawks, raccoons, etc. are not an issue. It's mostly just the dogs. I was thinking that even just a run with a simple nesting box inside might be ok?
The thing that worries me the most is the slope of the yard. What would be the best way to deal with that? And the mud. I am only renting this house, so I can't make any permanent changes to it. Ideally, I would like something that could be moved/taken apart because I don't plan on living here forever. Lastly, I don't have a lot of money to spend on this since the chicks were an unexpected surprise and I didn't budget for a $1000 coop.