I have been planning our first coop for months (well, years actually, but chickens just became legal in my city) and I have to confess I am more confused than EVER. We know we'll have to sell a kidney for the hardware cloth. But we are trying to do most of the build from re-purposed and reused materials from our garden fence and the kids old fort and swing set. We have been piling up materials from the side of the road and neighbors odds and ends. We have an already fenced in area in our yard that was supposed to be the dog area (yeah, right). So now I am designing coop after coop, and I just can't wrap my head around a final design. So here go my questions, at least this batch... How large of a coop do I need for 6 chicks? (have seen and read everything from tiny to something I could sleep in) What materials are off limits? (new pressure treated, old weathered pressure treated, etc) What is the one thing you wish you had in your coop that you didn't think of till after you built it? What is the one thing you did you could have done without?