I started my chicken coop today. Initially I was going to make it 4x8, but I realized that would be exactly the right space for the chickens I have now, with no room for growth. Since I ended up with a roo in my group of 12 sexed chicks, I know sooner or later someone is gonna get broody and I want to let them raise a few babies, so 4x8 wont work. Then I thought 6x8 (mostly to appease DH, he was concerned about cost of wood, etc). However, we already had the plywood I needed from a project he never did, so all I had to do was buy the 2x4's, nails, linoleum, roofing, and paint. So then I said to myself 'Since I am building this thing with minimal help from him, I am going to build it as big as I want...8x8.' So, I started with the floor, did my 8x8 square, then put the other 2x4's on 24" centers. I realized at that point I forgot to buy the landscape timbers I had planned to use for legs, so I painted my frame for the floor with Kilz, then went to Lowes while that dried. I also needed some tall stakes to use where I planned to put the coop, because the gound slopes in 2 directions. The back side and the right side will be off the ground a lot higher that the front and left hand side. I knew I needed to use a string level to figure out how long to cut each leg, so I got my landscape timbers (cheaper than 4x4's) and some 42" tall stakes. Came home and measured off, drove the stakes and tied my string with the string level. Each leg was a different length, with the shortest being 12" and the longest being 31". DH helped me cut them and screw/nail them on, then we moved it to the actual site where it will stand. Put the level on each side, expecting to have to do some adjusting with a shovel...every side was perfectly level! I couldn't believe it! I had to come in and cool off a little (and brag here) so now I am going back outside and put a few more nails into the legs and maybe put the plywood floor on before dark. I will take some pictures as I go along, maybe someday I will figure out how to do more than just download my pics to the site. I am so excited!