I spent a fair amount of time browsing BYC's website, Pinterest & YouTube looking at a wide variety of chicken coop designs. I then looked at pre-fab coops (too expensive). After marinating in the borage of design concepts I'd seen, I designed our coop and enlisted the help of my husband and neighbor to help bring my design to life. We are VERY new to raising backyard chickens. We adopted 4 adult laying hens from a client of mine this past March. It was still cold and snowy so we ran to our local feed store and bought what was basically a balsa wood (step above cardboard) temporary coop that said it was for 4 hens (it did not comfortably accommodate all 4, which immediately led to dissention among the ranks and the sweetest one was banished to the run by her mean step-sisters). So after a couple months of planning and about 4 weeks of prep & build time, here is our beautiful urban chicken coop. The ladies are oh-so-happy with their new abode. My mom aptly named it "The Coop de Gras."