Hi all, My husband and I have finally decided to bite the bullet--we're going to build a coop and get 3 chicks. I grew up with chickens (and many other critters) and can't wait to have fresh eggs every day, not to mention several new feathered friends in our backyard! I've spent A LOT of time researching coops and looking at pictures. We're definitely going to build one ourselves, both because it's far more affordable and because I think it will be a lot more rewarding. We live in a suburban area and it's important that the coop is attractive--we care a lot about what our yard looks like and we also don't want to tick off our neighbors. My husband is an engineer and is relatively capable of building things, but he is no carpenter. I can use a drill, etc. but I am also no expert. As a result, we need to choose a design that isn't too challenging this time around. We also want the coop to be portable--more of a tractor type design--and plan on moving it to a different spot in the yard every few days. I've narrowed it down to two options and I would REALLY appreciate advice from you much more experience folks. Option 1: The Garden Ark (not the Garden Coop) http://www.thegardencoop.com/ I like this option because we'd have access to all of the plans, materials list, etc. Definitely makes things easier than figuring out the details ourselves. There are also a ton of photos out there of how people have personalized the Garden Ark to better suit their needs which would make it easy to make some changes. (I particularly like what these people did: http://www.rrundio.com/Randy_and_Christy/Chicks.html ). Everyone describes it as very easy to build. The size works well for us. It is relatively attractive, not as cute as some coops, but I think we could spruce it up a bit. Option 2: a chicken ark like this: http://handcraftedcoops.com/ This style looks easy to build and sturdy. Would be easy to move around. Pleasant looking. I haven't found specific plans for this coop, but I may be able to. Otherwise it would probably not be too difficult to figure it out ourselves. This one looks a bit more weather resistant to me, but our weather isn't too much of a problem in central/southern Virginia. Ventilation may not be as good. So, which would you choose, and why? Thank you Any and all help is much appreciated!