My best advice for raising a backyard flock is to repurpose as much as you can. It is easy to get hung up on going out and buying a lot of stuff brand new when if you look around you may already have what you need. If you are going to build a coop yourself see if you can find and old shed or similar building to repurpose…not only will this save you time and effort it could also save you some cash. When it comes to nesting boxes find some old cabinets or shelving and divide it up accordingly this will save money and the trees from the lumber you wont have to use. If you need a feeder or water container find a bucket (that did not have anything toxic in it to begin with!) and make some adjustments. You would be surprised at how pretty some repurposed items turn out (kind of a rustic look!). Repurposing can help your wallet and the environment! Good luck with your flock everyone!