I was given, as a surprise, 3 Rhode Island White hen chicks for my birthday. We've been keeping them quite happily in a run in the yard, but they have no coop or laying boxes. Winter will be here, plus they should start laying soon. I've been looking for an inexpensive chicken coop idea. I don't have time to build one. Would a large wooden dog house work? I found one that has a hinged roof and a removeable wood floor. With a few modifications, ie. a roost and some laying boxes, would this work? It would not be elevated more than a couple of inches off the ground, but other than that, I don't see a huge difference in the construction of a dog house and a chicken coop. The idea is that I could connect this "coop" to our existing run.