we WERE going to build a simple small chicken coop for my 8 silkie chicks that were scheduled to arrive in OCTOBER!!, but no, we got a message saying they are arriving in a WEEK!!! AAH! of course I'm exited they are coming so soon. Me, my dad, and my mom were going to build this coop. but none of have any building experience, so i don't think we can get it done so soon! We were also thinking of buying one of these coops for them::: (they can hold 8 bantam silkies, apparently..) heres the first one: here's the second one: here's the third (and most price efficient): yep. those are all the buy-able coops that can apparently hold 8 bantam silkies. The thing is, if it can hold all my chickens, will they be warm enough? i was thinking they would need an insulated hen house because I live in Massachusetts on cape cod where in the winter it can get as cold as -10 degrees. (Fahrenheit.!) Also, in the summer, i would think they wold be too hot in the night all crammed together like that! it can get into the 80's, 90's, and occasionally the 100's (degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer. can they withstand our ever so changing temperatures on cape cod in those chicken coops??? dont worry we have a nice large run planned out with shade, sun, dirt, rocks, and woodsy parts. (BIG backyard.) plus it snows alot here so the snow would COVER those coops. my dad is like.. refusing to spend money no this, and all those chicken coops are rlly cheap on e-bay. just look up 'chicken coop' and you'll find all of those. I REALLY REALLY REALLY want something nice and big like this: but, its thousands of dollars. so that stinks. if you guys know of any cheap, good, hardy chicken coops out there please let me know. OR, if you think we could build one quickly with no experience in 5 weeks, please show me some really good plans easy plans! Any advice on coops, silkies, chicks, etc. I wouldn't mind. and yes, i know lots about chickens we had them when i was very little, but them they all died off. we got rid of our falling-apart coop. Edited to remove private information.