This is my first post. I've really enjoyed reading all of the information so far and have learned a lot. I'm a dad trying to give my two girls a taste of the farm. We live in town, but I've checked our ordinances and we are good to go for up to six hens. We are all very excited to begin our chicken journey. We are at step one, we have made the decision to move forward and are committed.
My question revolves around our selected location for our coop/run. We have an area that is 10 ft x 20 ft on the side of our house. It is already enclosed on three sides. One 20 ft side is the wall of our house (stucco, no windows in this area). Then the back 10 ft is a 6 ft tall wood fence (no gaps, the slats overlap). The other 20 ft side is also the same type of fence. The final end is open. The entire length of the area has concrete at a width of 6 ft, the remaining 4 ft of width is dirt.
I'm wondering if I could use the existing wall and fence sides, and then close the open end by framing it in and covering it with hardware cloth. Also, a gate would be installed in the framed end. I was thinking of covering about 10 ft of the area (I would put a freestanding coop under this area), and then leave the rest open topped, but covered with hardware cloth.
I'm really hoping this will work for a coop/run area. The chickens would have pretty good sized dirt area to enjoy (4ft x 20ft), an easy to clean concrete area (6 ft x 20 ft), as well as having part of it covered (10 ft x 10 ft). Again, the coop would be under the covered area to keep it out of the weather. Also, it would be safe from predators, which would really just be a couple neighborhood cats.
What do you think? Would it be a concern that three sides of the enclosure would be solid? It would definitely keep them out of the weather. It would be cool in the summer and protected in the winter (we don't get any snow, rain only).
Thank you in advance for any thoughts that you may have.