This is our first chicken coop born out of a gift of two hens and a rooster that a friend gave us. We desired something that was raised off the ground for safety and could accommodate a nice size flock in the future. Sadly during my research we found that coops are very expensive and anything that could accommodate 10 + hens would cost over a thousand dollars especially if it was "pretty", a necessary pre requisite according to my wife. We found an unused 4x3x4 foot dog house and I decided to retrofit it, raising it off the ground and adding windows, doors, and nesting boxes. I modified our original entrance as well to make it cocker spaniel proof as our dog is very egg curious and would carry eggs out of it.