Originally Posted by CuteChickens
Originally Posted by lynnehd
It might help to give us a general idea about where you live (state, etc.), so we know more about your climate.
Lots of coop pictures on BYC; small, medium and large coops. Many of them have build instructions.
The other options is to have someone build it for you; a handyman or friend. Or, sometimes you can find a used on on Craigslist, or even people who sell coops.
I like this web site for coop plans: http://www.thegardencoop.com/
I from AZ, very hot about 100-120° in the summer.
I live in the Sonoran desert or part of it. So I know heat. The little tykes play house would be an easy thing to convert for a sixteen year old. Family memmbers I am sure would help you out.
The thing to remember in the heat is Shade Shade Shade. Keep the water in the shade no matter what kind of water container you use. I have dumped my girls water out when It was hot enough to make coffee in it... No joke.
The next thing is ventilation.... you dont want to seal the coop up tight. It gets cold in the winter but Chickens can handle a surprisinly low temperature as long as they are out of a direct draft and have a place to huddle together off the ground.
materials for the coop can be free as well. As long as you have a way to "get it home" Pallets people use for bonfires you get free in different places. Look on the site for Pallet houses. They can be as elaborate or as simple as you want.
Let us know aobout it all.... I started building stuff when I was about your age.