Hello all! We won a great battle here in our town in Georgia and we are finally allowed to keep backyard chickens! I think the ordnance is up to 5 per family, no roosters, and goes into effect as of January 1st of next year. We're also expecting our first child in early February! (We find out the sex tomorrow morning!) I have plenty of time to complete this project and want it done RIGHT! So we have some pretty simple beginnings here and absolutely no rush to get it completed as we're going to wait until the child is a year old to get the chickens (spring of 2015). We still have a ton of work to do! I am starting off with a simple shed we have on our .6 acre property. It's infested with camel crickets (that I cannot STAND) but he roof is strong and it will save us a ton of money. I will post pics from my iPad in the next post. We have a nice shady back yard, but even in the shade, north Georgia can get HOT. Winters are not going to be that much of an issue, it rarely gets below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. I have done a ton of research about breeds on here, but we're not going to make a solid decision about that until next year. My ultimate goal is to not spend more than $200 on the coop but to use all the smart ideas that are posted on here, pallets, dumpster finds etc to make this an awesome and durable coop to keep the ladies safe, warm / cool and happy. So here we go! I am a bit overwhelmed with everything and need someone to give me a good place to start. Pics to follow! Where would YOU start? Windows? Ventillation? The outside? The inside? The run? So much to do!