I grew up with chickens but never built a coop. We always had a shed and fenced in area for the Banties and the yard for the full-sized. So, after much reading and thinking about it, I picked up a saw and hammer last weekend and started building. I started with an old shed and an old pool deck. I'm going to post progress pix here and I hope to get this done by Thanksgiving (if we could only get more daylight) so I can get 6-8 girls for eggs. Feel free to post suggestions or mistakes. This is what I'm starting with. The small attached shed to the left is the "new" coop. Big shed is for storage and an idea is to put feeding access inside this shed to keep dry etc. This is the old pool deck that's going to be the source of all the wood I need (hopefully) South side (yes, the doors are falling off). North side after removing siding and corner post. Carpenter ants had infested the corner and all the wood was eaten. Need to replace those. The cutouts are for laying boxes. Sorry about the rear side of my Basset Hound "Spike". He is not camera shy nor does he care about privacy. North side again. Replaced corner and added laying box bottom. Only had an hour to work so didn't get much done today. Cut and Installed laying box dividers. This looks like an easy step but since I was working with all used materials, I had to make sizes fit what I had not design then build. It's not hard. It's just time consuming. See the top rails on the old deck above? Those built the human entry door here. Boxes are done & door is made. Just need to install hinges. Starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel. Old doors off. Wall rebuilt. Going to have to buy my second piece of wood; 2- 4x8 sheets of plywood for siding.