I am in the very beginning of planning my coop. My chicks are 3 weeks old (11 chicks, all different breeds). I'll have a coop and attached run; occassionally they'll be allowed out to 'free range' in the big yard with human supervision. Some days they will have to stay in the coop if we are not going to be at home (we're rural with lots of predators and I can't take the chance of not being here and having them attacked in their run, so I'll leave them locked up in the coop those days.) I've been browsing around here and all over the internet looking at sheds, playhouses, etc., for ideas. However, I'm starting to get very concerned about cost. For example, one wooden shed: 6'x6' $1,835. HUH!?! $1,800+??? And considering I'm going to need around 10'x7' just to give my girls appropriate square footage I'm starting to get heart palpatations here. I know a coop can be done for free or close to it, but I don't have/haven't found a supply of coop or materials. I check craigslist multiple times per day, and have put wanted ads on there for various materials but so far nothing even close. I am guessing that a similar wooden shed to the one I mentioned above could be done from scratch (vs. shipped prefabricated to be assembled) for less money, but for *how much* less is the question that is keeping me up nights. Mostly I feel like an idiot- like I didn't think this through enough before ordering 11 chicks, and now realizing I cannot afford to safely house more than 3 or so, if that .