Price is very much an issue for me right now. Money is so tight that I can make a penny scream. I've got the coop itself taken care of thanks to some free pallets that I can tear apart and use as materials. I'm running into issues with the run. Ideally I would like to keep 4 hens in a run large enough to stand in, a door for access, and play sand for ease of cleanup. They will not be allowed to free range as we are in the city (so we can't) and I just don't like the idea of it. The options I've thought of so far are: 1. Buy a chain-link 10x6 dog kennel. Cons: The kennel itself is pricey. Then it has to be secured with hardware cloth, a roof, etc. which will also be pricey. 2. 8ft tall metal T-posts and hog panels. Cons: Materials may not be that pricey but the run still would need to be secured against predators and would need a roof. I would also have to figure out how to put in a door for cleaning everything out. 3. Landscape timbers for a frame with chicken wire/hardware cloth combo stapled to the frame. Cons: At least $75 in just the landscape timbers alone. Would also have to buy a door and the chicken wire/hardware cloth. Should I just bite the bullet and realize that a run built the way I want (door, large enough to stand in, etc) is going to cost me $300, if not more? Or should I build a smaller, shorter run that I could let the girls out of while I clean it? I'm a planner by nature, and cheap by design. I won't actually get my chickens until I have everything ready for them. But due to funding issues I cannot spend a lot on the chicken facilites at a time. Ideas, please.