Hey folks, After spending less than one week acquiring material to build the most cost effective chicken house in California, today I finally completed construction. Unfortunately, it began to rain before I could paint it. Here are some photos for your those interested in raising chickens on a budget...Yes, It can be done. If you are curious to know what this coop cost to build, I only spent $43.60. Thats right!... UNDER FIFTY DOLLARS! Having the necessary tools on hand including a box of dry wall strews, the only material purchased were hinges, latches, paint, staples, and chicken wire. Hinges, $1.50 x4 = $6 Latches, 2.30 x2 = 4.60 Paint, $16/gal = $16 Staples, $3 = $3 Chicken wire = $14 Total = $43.60 As far as the wood is concerned, I was fortunate enough to get free pallets and scrap pilings from LOWES and Home Depot. The run portion of the coop is a palletized- tile crate that is flipped upside down on which I built the chicken house portion of the coop on. I acquired this tile crate from a friend who is remodeling his home. Knocking out the three middle boards on the base of the crate, I used one to make a ramp. The framing/studs of the house was constructed using strapper wood which has a quarter inch gouge running down the middle of it to hold the entire load of lumber during transportation. This also was given to me by the hardware strores... I even used one strapper on the top roof of the coop. Can't wait for it to stop rainin so I can staple the chicken wire, add the last hinges and latch, and get it painted... Just goes to show ya that a little imagination goes a long way. Enjoy!