Hello Chicken Lovers! I too, am a chicken lover and after stalking this website for months....have registered so I can actually join in! As a kid I grew up around farms and as a teenager was very active in FFA...I always knew I would return to that lifestyle when I had my own family and now, finally, that dream has come true. We've bought our dream home in the boonies on our own land in the woods and are finally settled in and ready to add a flock of locally hatched, beautiful white Dorkings to our mini-farm set up this spring. The only problem? My experience is in running a home and taking care of kids and animals...NOT in carpentry. I can sew, cook, grow ANYTHING...but this, this is a way first for me. My husband is a mechanic...very handy...but again, his experience is in building engines...not chicken coops! We are DIYers...we love to fix, grow, build our own stuff...but I'm really overwhelmed for some reason as we prepare to pick a coop plan and build a coop! Can I really do this? We are not well equipped with the proper tools, etc, we don't have a circular saw and all of that... I guess I could just use some practical advice, tell me that I can do this! Anything you would recommend to me, as far as the best type of coop for a waaay beginner in carpentry? I look around at the pictures of coops people here have built and you all seem like such capentry superstars! What tools did you need, where did you get your lumber? I'm looking to build a coop large enough for quite a few chickens...I'll also be constructing something smaller for cocks, etc..and that doesn't overwhelm me, but thinking about constructing the main coop does. I would like something which could house up to ten chickens...I live in the way North Eastern part of the country, so it has to be weather tight for winters...help! Any tips and "you can do it!"s would be greatly appreciated. Is it as hard as it looks? I look at the pictures of beginning framework and I'm like "Oh, we can TOTALLY do that"...then when it all starts coming togeter and the pictures show more and more of the work thats done it just looks so complicated!