I live in the city proper and am planning to raise a few hens this spring. I've been gardening for a few years, so this is the next step in our "urban homestead" progress. The coops I have seen for sale are much too expensive for us, so I am trying to decide whether to build from scratch, convert a dog house, or convert a corner of our large garage into an indoor coop with access to a fully enclosed outdoor run. I am leaning toward the garage idea because our garage is unused (except for storage of lawn and garden things). Has anyone has success with this sort of project? The garage is unheated and unlit (except for one south facing window), but I think any other coop would be as well, right? Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated by this newbie.