I have been a lurker on this forum for the past 2 years and couldn't get chickens because they were not allowed under our previous home's HOA. But NOW... we have moved and NO HOA!!! So I can finally get my birdies!!! We are on a super budget so the coop and birds needed to be cheap. I put an ad on Craigslist and got a response from a woman who is looking to rehome her 5 girls: 2 marans, buff orphington, delaware, and an easter egger. They started laying in October so are pretty young still. Here is a pic of the girls, I get to meet them Sunday and am so excited! They have names - Biggee, Fly, Cutie, Shy and Pretty Girl Here are a few pics of the coop build... we got the windows off Craigslist and used salvaged wood from around the property. The front door was pulled from an old shed. We utilized the framing under our upper deck. Coop front with a proud Justin showing off the re-purposed shed door! Side before the back wall was put up. DH clearly proud of the progress today. Note the ceiling material... we re-purposed an old carport awning. It was the right price - free! The coop footprint is about 9'x6'. Tomorrow we build the nesting boxes and put wire on the lower floor section. I'm going to try out the deep litter method, we'll see how that goes. I'm still not sure where I will put the water and food, I will take more pictures tomorrow and figure that out. I'm thinking we will put the roost on the upper ledge. Let me know what you think!