I picked out a chicken run tractor with 3 nesting boxes that I thought would work as a coop/run for my 5 birds. I am in a very warm climate so I wasn't worried about the weather-proofing, and I was going to harden it against predators with a bottom border of hardware cloth. Two problems: 1) my local feed store upped the price by almost $150, putting it out of my budget. :-( The link above shows it near it's original price, it's now $488. 2) when trying to find an alternative source online I discovered it's not even designed to be a 24/7 coop, but rather a place they can hang out during the day. There are no proper roosts. I don't entirely understand the implication of this because apparently I'm chick-tarded, but I gather it's a problem if they're roosting in their nesting boxes. So it seems to me like I definitely picked out the wrong solution. What I liked about this chicken tractor is it could be moved around my yard to simulate free ranging while protecting the birds from predators. I have a large GSD and he's on my predator list; I hope he learns to protect the chickens and he'll definitely protect against any approaching predators I'm just not sure I trust him not to play chicken-fetch. I also have a garden area in my front yard that I want to be able to move the chickens to on a temporary basis. I don't know what to do now. If anyone has an idea on an easy-to-assemble coop with run with some portability under $400 I would really appreciate it. My birds are 3.5 weeks old, and at about ~10 weeks I will have the time/human resources to DIY a coop so if anyone has an idea on an extended brooder that might work too.