I am doing my research on chickens and housing and i am very overwhelmed about the coop. First off, i didn't realize how expensive pre-fab coops and even garden sheds were! How the heck i am going to afford this? Secondly, how do i justify this to my husband....they are not laying golden eggs... There has got to be a cheaper way to do it. What are the average costs to build your DIY coops? What is the square footage and how many chickens do you have? Secondly, i am having a hard time understanding the space rule. I have read 4 sq for every chicken. It seems like if i want to have 8 layers and 10 meat birds i am going to need to have a GIGANTIC coop! Is this rule only for when they live just in the coop and dont go outside? I plan on letting my chickens run all over my property. I apologize is that is a really dumb question.... Thanks everyone!