After our dog incident, I've decided that I'd like to relocate my chickens on our property. The new location I have scoped out seems perfect: it is a 14L x 12w x 8h pen and next to it is a 12 L x 8w x 8h concrete and metal "shed" of sorts. My problem? They aren't connected, and to make things a little more complicated, the first 4ft of the walls of each (ground up) are solid (metal for the outdoor, concrete for the indoor). Now, I know several people who have a ramp leading up to an elevated sleeping area in their coops. So I'm hoping the same concept could work. If I were to make a wooden or wooden floored, wire "caged" chute between the two structures, do you think it would work? This is what I'm talking about: The gray area would be the metal/concrete. The red lines are a ramp leading up the chute from the outdoors, and down from the chute to the indoors. The red block between is where I'd put my chicken walkway. I realize the first few times I might need to "urge" them through, but do you think they'd learn to use it regularly? Picking them up and carrying them back and fourth each day isn't really practical. My other question regards materials. Presently, the outdoor enclosure has walls that are basically just a slightly-better-than-home-windows screen. Basically, something a coyote, raccoon, etc. could easily rip through. Now from what I gather, chicken wire isn't terribly useful. Would galvanized welded wire work? There is a sale at TSC right now and I could get 100ft - more than enough to do the enclosure - for just $60. Input appreciated.