On Thanksgiving I took a walk with my Dad, Philip, my brother Rickey and nephew Preston. We feed the Swamp rats (coypu, also known as the river rat, and nutria). Aren't they amazing creatures! They are allot like beavers with the tails of a rat. They will eat out of your hand. And we also spent time in Lilly Park. Rick and I spent hours there as kids. My Uncle Benny died that same night. Our time in Oregon was emotional. But this walk was one of my favorite memories.
Why not start with an IBC and cut a hole for the door? You could build closed laying boxes into it, and something for the chickens to roost on. Put some straw or saw dust on the floor. You could add vents to the side for air. If it sat inside a chicken run that you can walk into, the chickens could be safe, dry and happy. I have an extra IBC. Maybe this could be my chicken house? I bet I could even plant the outside of it with mud and grass for extra insulation and good looks.