So for the last few months, I have been trying to talk my hubs into getting chickens. He says no, then he says pretty chickens only, then he says you have to build the coop yourself, etc, etc, etc... Resistance is futile you poor man. We have had some personal setbacks recently, so I am planning on using discarded pallets. I have a 16ft, 2 12ft, and a bunch of regular 4ft ones sitting in my front yard now. The neighbors probably hate me, but such is life. My idea started when I started drawing up plans for the backyard. I wanted elevated garden beds to make gardening easier. I figured about 3 ft high would work for me. I want to try the square foot gardening, so the boxes needed to be even lengths. With the wood that I have, I figured I could make two that matched and a third one just slightly different. The boxes will be 8ft by 4ft. I was going to line them up so it would be 24ft long and 4 ft wide. The center one, that is the different one, I was going to put my coop on. I was thinking a 4ft by 4ft coop in the center of the box, with the 2ft by 4ft sections on the sides for edible flowers and such. Put the door for them to get out at the bottom and enclose the rest of the garden bed with chicken wire as a run. Will that work? I only want a few chickens, and know that the actual space is ok, but what about the run? Is that being open on the four sides but having a covered top enough sunlight for them? Will the rain getting through the boxes bother them? Thoughts??