Originally Posted by The Lazy L
What is the most important? Your relationship with your Father-in-law or a chicken coop?
I would suggest incorporating his design into your coop.
Build your coop against his "nesting boxes" and his "run". And then give him a big hug for helping you come up with such a wonderful idea! :)
Well said Lazy L.
I agree, with others. Cover the lower box with your hardware cloth and call it the run. Start looking around for 'free' materials to help you make another box/shed/coop at the end where the 'nest boxes' are. Check around at furniture & appliance stores and small engine repair shops, feed stores, farm equipment stores for crates/pallets. You just might luck out and get a box big enough and secure enough that with just the addition of a door and window you'd be all set.
.. another thought or 2.
It's hard to tell from the picture, but is that more plywood in the background? And the red wall, is that a shed of some sort? Perhaps you could set what you've got up against the shed wall - build a wood frame / wire covered structure inside the shed and connect the two with a pop door. If it IS a shed/garage and you ARE able to work it out, a good bit of your work would be done for you. The roof is already on, it's already protected from the weather and predators. If you put it in a corner, 2 of your walls area already up and sturdy....
Edited by canesisters - 4/26/12 at 9:23am
Just some more ideas to mull over.