So.. My first coop my handy husband built along with the run.. Well hubby is deployed and while he is gone.. tee hee.. I bought more chicks and a 2nd coop.. I would not even attempt to build a coop.. but how hard can a run be??? I thought.. I barely know how to use a drill.. again.. how hard can it be?? Did I plan? NOPE!.. I just kept buying lots of 2"x4"x8' pieces of wood, chicken wire, and a larger top wire that keeps predators out but large enough for snow to fall through and not collapse the roof... stained the wood.. bought exterior screws.. (i did know that much!) LOL i had a general idea of how I wanted to attach the chicken wire and take the wood posts going over the coop.. I started out and put the level out.. and basically started with a door frame going over the front of the coop.. With no help of anyone even holding boards for me.. I was having problems (obviously). I went to Home Depot and asked for help to which he said I should try right angle brackets.. and he hooked me up with the right size screws.. My first screws were 3" and he said that was way too long.. i was stripping screws left and right.. so he gave me a mini crash course lesson on how to use a drill. LOL! I'm a mess!.. but I'm trying.. Like I said. how hard can it be?? So the other day my friend and also realtor lady came by.. She has more experience than I do and learned on her own from years of trial and error.. After having a good laugh at my mess.. we worked some. Now I am using a power miter saw which I didn't even know what that was called till I had to phone my dad for help and he had to figure out over the phone what kind of saw I needed to use. (handy hubby we have loads of tools! ) When she came over and helped.. WOW having someone help me made a HUGE difference.. so we made a 6x6 sections and I'll just make a few of those and tie them all together.. That section is sturdy and the best looking piece.. so I think I'll have one section look pretty decent and the other section where I first started figuring this out look like I hired a bunch of preschoolers to do it! Not sure how this will turn out but it's going to be obvious where I started first and seeing the learning curve change. Any skilled builder would gasp!.. Most would want to tear it down.. Parts are ugly.. and funky.. I call it whimsical! But I'm pretty sure they'll hold.. When my husband sees this when he returns.. I hope he can at least be proud that I tried.. On my own.. My chicks are growing by the second and I'm sick of them in the dog pen in my garage. I think it will be pretty ugly (in parts..) but I do think it will hold.. (I think..).. Thank goodness I can tie in to my husband's sturdy run! So today.. with my kids we are going to try and finish.. I can laugh at myself .. and I have always wanted to learn to build.. I haven't but maybe once ever used a drill before .. so I find it comical.. Anyone ever saw the "Married with children" long ago when Al and Jefferson try to build a tool bench? Ok.. well not that bad.. but I did think about this episode as I am building this thing! part 2.. watch on you tube part one.. I just watched the whole episode and am crying laughing so hard.. as I sort of relate! I should show pics soon.. but i'm a bit embarrassed.