Well, I am getting 4 chickens of unknown size breed and possibly sex. Tomorrow. I am TOLD they are all hens. Anyway I have a 12 x 20 x 6 tall dog pen which I plan on having the coop inside of. I ahve a lot of preditors, hawks, owls, racoons, foxes, pretty sure coyotes. The pen is buried 1 ft, I want to put a solid roof over part of it and a screen of some type over the rest. One end has a huge magnolia tree, which does provide shade in summer, but if I were a varmint, looks a lot like a ladder. Am I being paranoid? And has anyone used chicken wire as a top? What can I use as a temporary coop? I have an outdoor table I can figure something out. I want my chickies to love their new home.