We're getting 7 chickens at the end of next week and we're going to build the coops & runs over the next couple of days. We only have about $250 (would like to stay around $200) to build everything. But the hardware cloth alone will be like $150 once I factor in the wire that has to be buried as well. With this budget we can't afford an actual coop so we are going to tarp the entire roof of the run, the back sides and a little around the actual sides to protect them from wind & rain. And add a little tarp running straight across inside so they have a section where they can go and not be seen to nest & roost. It's the cheapest thing we could think of since we can't afford metal roofing & wooden coops. What do we do about the hardware cloth? We're afraid to use regular chicken wire even though we have a good bit lying around that was left over from our recently built dog pen. What do we do?? 2 of the chicks are from one flock & the other 5 are from one flock so we're having to build 2 separate runs since they're from different flocks. The one with 2 will be 5x4 and the one with 5 will be 5x10. Are these ok sizes? Please help us figure out how to build all this with such a small budget. Thanks!! Here's the material list we've come up with so far: *wire (hardware or chicken?) *2x4x8 PT (22 pieces) $63.31 *1x2x8 (for doors) $6 *corner braces (for the doors) $5 *6 door hinges for 2 doors $10 *4 locking hasp locks for doors $38 *nails $5-10 *staple gun & 2 packs of staples $20 *2 blue 8x10 tarps $10.83 *1 pack of stakes $2 For the nesting boxes we're going to use old plastic tidy cat containers (cleaned & disinfected of course). For perches we have a couple of 3 tier shelves we're going to put in each of the runs & use any scrap pieces of lumber. And for feeders & waterers we're going to use stuff we can find around the house (bottles, bowls, buckets, etc). How does this sound or do you see anywhere we can cut? Thanks so much!