Good day, fellow BYCers! I hope you and your flocks are all doing well! Our flock is growing...from the 6 BR chicks we got last spring, to the 16 chickens we have now....our newest ones being 2 Silverspeckled Hamburgs I got in June from our local Blue Seal feed store, and the 2 Americaunas (beautiful birds!) I got from Solsken Farm two days ago. I have a lady on my mail route that has some chickens left over..there was a guy coming to take them all, but he left 7 of them....so she said I could have them all for 15 bucks. So, the flock might be a little bigger now. Oh yeah, and we have a broody Phoenix hen sitting on a few eggs....I seperated her and converted the dog crate we had for the babies into a broody box for her...all it took was a staple gun and and old t-shirt. So....we've decided that we're going to pay the 25 bucks for a building permit from the town....(I saw a post about making a portable coop on skids...but I don't have the materials or a tractor to move one) So, we're going to have build a bigger one now. If you don't know from my page (when did I last update that??) I converted an old dog house into a coop and we got some fence sections from someone who had them laying around behind their barn.....and due to my back-door neighbor's inability to keep his dogs on his own property despite numerous calls to the local PD and animal control, I bought some plastic poultry fencing and made a 50' x 50' run. So, to my question....would it be cheaper to buy a shed and convert it into a chicken coop, or just build one from the ground up? I know that if I build one, I can put windows and design it how I want....but I'm also looking at time since my wife works full time and I'll be going back to school in the fall for my A.S. degree. What do you all think?