I have been planning my chicken coop for two years. I can't count that as time since I had very little plans to build it so much as it was an intellectual "what-if". I got chickens March 14th. Since then, I have been planning on building a ten foot by 5 foot tractor. Today I decided to stop thinking of building and instead converting a shed into a coop. For me, I plan to have the chicks in the shed/coop by Wednesday. Hence my answer is so far two weeks. Planning to be 3 weeks total.
We initially wanted to spend less than 300 for everything. This of course didn't work out since the wheels alone would be something like 130 dollars. The lumber kept going up and up as I thought everything through on what I needed to have. Total cost of lumber before I said screw it? 140 dollars. Roofing was something close to 75 dollars. Siding was going to be something like 200 dollars. So after some thought, I decided to take a 300 dollar metal shed 10'x8'x6.5' and use it as the coop.
1) 2 weeks so far of 3 weeks planned.
2) No way..