I've been wanting chickens for over a year but couldn't b/c i didn't have $600 to spend on a premade coop and don't have the carpentry skills or tools to build one. We recently had our bathroom remodeled, pulling out the cabinet underneath our double sinks. Looking at the cabinet a few weeks ago, I had an epiphany....it was the perfect size for a chicken coop! My husband purchased some 2x2s, plywood, hinges and hardware cloth and within a week had turned it into a coop perfect for 3 chickens. Just to let you know, my husband and i can barely screw in a light bulb between the two of us. We have NO BUILDING SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE OF TOOLS WHATSOEVER. There's a large lid on top to make cleaning easy, a small one on the end (over the nesting box area) for egg collecting and a chicken-size door that doubles as a ramp. All doors have latches with locks (we've got lots of possums, skunks and raccoons). For the run, he used chicken wire that came in a 3' by 50' roll to wrap from one end of our fence, around my kids' play structure and back around to the fence, enclosing the coop within. The chickens now have a safe, yet large area to roam, scratch and play. If there's rain or an aerial predator, they can go into the coop or under the play structure for protection. And the fence is low enough that i can step over it, eliminating the need for a door. i'll post pics soon...I just wanted to show that you don't need carpentry skills to build a coop and that the coop doesn't have to look like the Taj Mahal, as long as it's functional. I admire all the beautiful pics of coops on thses boards, but it's also nice to know that you can repurpose old furniturnand other items just as easily. if i decide to add to the flock in the future, and want another coop, I'll probably just buy an old dresser or something and do the same thing all over again!