We have a old chain link dog run that I would like to covert into a chicken coop/run. It is from a fencing company, so very heavy gauge wire. The local police dept. uses the same runs for their dogs. It measures 10ft x 6ft and is 6ft tall. It is built onto the side of our garage, and is bolted to the garage, so it cannot be moved, lifted up, etc... The roof is also chain link with shade cloth. The floor used to be gravel, but I am thinking of switching it out for decomposed granite thinking this will still provide good drainage, be cheap and better for hens to scratch. Along the perimeter of the run, is leftover flagstone pavers set into gravel. The run was initially built to confine an escape artist pit bull with separation anxiety so it is pretty tough. We live in town, so the only pests/predators we have to worry about are dogs, opossums, rats and raccoons. I am planning on covering the bottom 2 to 3 ft of the chain link with either hardware cloth or poultry wire. The chicken wire is cheapest, so I am tempted to go this route. I've also read that plastic zip ties work well to attach it to the chain link, and I these would certainly be easier than hog rings. What do you think? We are planning on getting 3 to 4 hens. Since the run is so tough, I am hoping I won't have to lock up the girls every night (with two toddlers in the house, our bedtime routine is already complicated enough Inside the run, I plan to build a shelter for the girls using some leftover plywood, fence posts, and redwood planks we have from previous projects. I am thinking of building a 3ft by 4ft raised coop, with a slanted corrugated plastic roof. Where we live, winter temps will drop into the 20's (F) at night and summer temps will reach 100 during the day. Most days however are pretty mild (70's day and 40-50 at night). My main goal for the coop will be easy maintenance and no smells to bother the neighbors. Considering we will only have 3 to 4 hens, would a wire floor be best or is the deep litter method with a droppings board still the way to go? Inside the coop I plan on using either a milk crate or 5 gallon bucket as a nest box. What do you think of my ideas so far?