I have a playhouse coop/yard that is mostly put together, except the actual coop box they would get locked in overnight. I've got too many chicks for the coop size and plan on making the whole thing into a shed/coop with a different attached yard, so I don't want to finish closing the coop box when I'd just have to undo it in the next few weeks... so, I'm wondering if having them in a dog kennel (the plastic ones with the double spring closure) would be safe enough? I've got hardware cloth all along the sides, screwed into the frame, chicken wire on the ground under the edges (but not buried, it's just on the ground, half in and half out of the coop and the door has a padlock. I've been bringing them inside every night and I can keep doing that if it's safer, but it would really be nice to leave them out. If a raccoon could manage to get into the coop yard, could it also get into the dog crate? This is what it would look like (and I'd screw the crate to the wood so it couldn't be knocked off)---and yes they all fit in there, they are still so tiny.