Hello, all. I don't yet have chickens. I've read lots of books, and lots of threads here, hoping to raise my first flock this spring. I'd hoped to build my own coop, but it's just not happening. I'm on my own, without building experience, and months of intention and effort haven't gotten me very far. Every time I think it would be best to give up on building, and just buy one, the reviews scare me away. There are lots of positive reviews of coops for sale, but those are mostly from people who've just gotten them set up, and don't yet know how they'll hold up. People who've had prefab coops for more than a few months generally seem to be disappointed and frustrated with them. The plastic ones seem to have serious design flaws, and the wooden ones all seem to be made of materials of terrible quality. Money is an issue; I can't afford to throw hundreds of dollars at something that won't last for a few years at least. And I don't want to invest in a coop that's going to cause a lot of heartache, frustration, or troubleshooting due to poor design or materials. I really want chickens, and I'm willing to spend good money for a good coop, but I just haven't seen any that didn't have very mixed reviews (again, not counting the stars-in-their-eyes people who've had their prefab coops only a short time). I've thought of hiring someone to build a coop for me, using good quality materials, from one of the designs available online. But I don't know anyone that I have reason to believe would do good work. I'd like to have a dozen chickens, straight-run, and harvest the boys, leaving me with about six layers. They'd be outside most of the time, free ranging. I'm thinking of a coop about 3x5. I'm in WV, and, while you might think living in a rural area would mean having lots of options with this sort of thing, there doesn't seem to be much of a backyard chickens community here. Thoughts? Ideas? Leads? Thanks.