I'm a newbie to the chicken raising family. I am about 5 weeks in and every week is a new experience. I have been around chickens throughout my life but I have never had my own. So now is my chance. I finally decided to take the chicken plunge. It all started out with a talk with my husband about wanting to get chickens. He was not really agreeable at first but he finally came around. Then one day I went shopping with my mom and there just happen to be baby chickens. I HAD to get some. I was fully UN prepared for them at the time. No coop, no nothing but a galvanized steel tub for them to run around in. Luckily I have a husband who works in the glass business so he brought home a windshield box (which is huge) that we made into a brooder for my 8 little ladies. (who were 2 weeks old at the time) I was almost panicking about not having a coop. So my quest began. My husband had brought home a couple very large wood glass crates so I decided to use those for the start of my project. I hollowed them out and placed them facing each other with a little space between them to make the coop a little larger. I was very fortunate to have all I needed from home remodeling to make this coop. It is a small coop but should have plenty of room for my 8 little ladies. If not, I will be sure to expand later. Walls, floors and ceiling were insulated with a thick Styrofoam that had come in the glass crates which saved me some money. Most wood was from an old closet that was on my front porch when I bought my home. The roof was made with the old closet doors. All insulation was covered by boards I had laying around. The floor was painted with deck paint to help protect the wood from chicken droppings. Coop has vinyl siding as another extra layer of protection. Siding was off an old mobile home and was also free. I did buy the rooster for the top of the coop but that is the only money I had to put into making this coop. Making an outside roost under the coop's over hang. I still have to put up the chicken run but my project is almost complete. My girls are now 5 weeks old and still indoors at this time but hopefully our weather will warm up enough I can start introducing them to the outdoors really soon.