Hi there, I have wanted chickens for years! This will be the year I do it, I have to get a permit from my city first and then the coop building will begin! I live just east of the metro Portland, OR area, work full time but my husband is retired and will be the handy person who will probably do most of the building of the coop. I checked out the book from the library "Backyard Chickens Guide to Coops and Tractors" which of course, referenced the backyardchickens.com website. Lots of good stuff here and I am anxiously awaiting taking my permit & 50 bucks <sigh> to the city after the holiday weekend.