I've been a long time lurker, I finely have my coop done ( thanks to all the good ideas here) I reworked a free 4x4 shipping crate and a used dog kennel, using things I had around, I spent about $100 at the most. That was for more fencing to secure it into Fort Knox, and paint and hardware. Not perfect, I'm happy with it, but husband was impressed and bragged to his coworkers about what his wife did and want me to e-mail pic so he can show them. I picked up my very pretty girls last night, 4 Black Austrlorps. They are about 5 months old. I locked them in the coop last night when I got them home to settle in there, they found food and water right away, they didn't roost on the bar but I guess that will come in time. I opened the pop door to the run this mornin...now I'm trying to wait patiently for them to come out. I want to thank everyone here for all the good info on caring for chickens.