I checked easy. Read a great 10 page article in Organic Gardening in Dec 1992. Asked DH if he would build a coop for me & our 2 young sons. Got 12 Barred Rocks at the local feed store on April 12th. DH built an 8 by 8 coop & the chicks moved in by the 1st week of June 1993. Lumber was up because of the 1st Gulf War. I think we spent $500. He did save money by making the coop 6 foot tall in the front & only 4 in the back, still a point of frustration & we put the nest boxes he made higher than the roosts. They were our 2 biggest mistakes. He ran electric out immediately. Got free fencing from a pheasant game farm & we were off. Only the run has changed over the years. It's now a 400 square foot dog kennel. Over the years it has been all different things including plastic garden fence. I did add an automatic door 6 years ago. I may soon need a new coop, but we will see.