We took advantage of the "January Thaw" to get started building our first ever chicken coop. We won't have chickens until Spring, of course, but we want them to have a nice cozy home when they're ready. To keep from having to dig post holes into the rocky New England ground (we aren't building on a level spot), we used deck footers that we found at our local HD! We set 4"x4" posts in and used the level to get a nice, plumb deck. We used some scrap/reclaimed 2"x4" boards for the floor joists. Then we squared up 2 halves (because we were bringing it home in our minivan, lol) of a 4'x8' piece of 3/4" plywood for the floor. It doesn't look level, but it is!! Our last step of the day was to place the pallet walls... From here we will add a second level of pallets for the walls, sheathing for the exterior, a slanted roof, doors, windows, etc. Based on the footer layout, our intentions were to attach the chicken run to the right side of the coop. However, with the gap that we now have with the levelers, any suggestions on predator-proofing the run transition? Thanks for all your input!