Hiya! I've been researching coops for quite a while. I even went back many, many pages in this thread category's history. I really wish I or someone I knew was handy enough to make some of the gorgeous coops people here have constructed by hand, but alas, my talents are restricted to writing and painting. It would cost as much to buy all the tools and supplies I need as it would to buy a prefab one, round about. So... I'm looking for opinions! I am trying to find one that'll fit at least 3 hens comfortably (they will have a run), not be too terribly obvious or cause too much of an eye sore (we are in town, but have only one close neighbor), but be fairly predator resistant (raccoons, foxes, possums, oh my!) and insulated for the winter. I'm in Northwest Indiana, if that helps give an indication for what kind of weather I need it to handle. I was originally going to buy from Comfy Pets on eBay, due to the good price and look, but after a lot of researching I'm not sure about them anymore. I keep running into reports of flimsiness and overall crappy quality. Does anyone have any Ware products? I was interested in these: http://www.petco.com/product/112388/WARE-Premium--Chick-N-Cabin-Chicken-Coop.aspx http://www.petco.com/product/112387/WARE-Premium--Chick-N-House-Chicken-Coop.aspx I also really like this, but it's a little outside of my budget at the moment: http://www.amazon.com/Handcrafted-C...1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1281408579&sr=8-1 I've got a brooder all set up, and everything else I could possibly need... I just need a coop and chicks! Does anyone have any other ideas that I could possibly look into? My eyes are weary from all the researching, googling, and ebaying I've done! Sigh! Thanks for any advice! ****EDIT**** Thanks for all the suggestions and opinions! I'm still looking at prefab coops... but I think I really want to explore making small coops out of doghouses until I can afford one of these fancy prefabs (the Eglu Cube is my dream chicken house!). I have picked up one off Freecycle and I think I might be able to do something with it, given some ideas! I picked up a plastic one in great shape, just dirty. I keep hearing people have made coops from doghouses. I really want to see some pictures and see what was altered and HOW you altered it (tools, supplies, etc). Dimensions are great, too, and what kind/how many chickens you keep in comfortable without any behavioral problems is a plus to know! Don't be shy! Show me some pictures! I'll get some pictures of the doghouse I picked up soon!