I got it in my head a few months ago that I wanted to raise chickens...so began the search for decent coop plans (which led me here) that would fit into my budget (of not a whole lot). I have searched and searched to no avail! Not to say I didn't find coops, I just can't afford the price tag (using the cheapest materials I can find at Lowe's or Home Depot I managed to get one down to and $140). So, then I switched to trying to build my own using Google SketchUp, but again, by the time I got it all "built", the price was HUGE! Also, I have no idea what I'm doing as far as making a roof goes, my "shop class experience" consists of the drill press (the teacher died the second week of class & wasn't replaced). I have however made several things from wood, I am in no way incompatent (spelling?), I helped my mother make a HUGE picnic table, and rebuild her back deck (twice) over the years. Now, with our own home, we've taken on a few projects inside, but nothing huge. I have a circular saw and drills for power tools and am quite handy with a hand saw (removed most of the Sumac's in the backyard this summer with it, lol). My shed My new plan (trying to keep costs to a minimum) is to turn our already standing storage shed into the coop. Easily done, as far as I can tell. Just need a few minor corrections, vent holes added (I think I can add the round louver vents easily, hardware cloth covering of course), fix the people door that won't stay shut (fix the trim and replacethe knob/lock?), add a pop door (in people door if possible), cover the middle window in the door with hardware cloth (the glass has been broken out of it since we bought the house 3 years ago), and add a run (avoiding the built-in ladder to the second "floor" that is going to remain storage space). And, I plan to turn the current windiw around if possible so I can open it from outside and have it hardware cloth-covered from inside to create better air flow. The chickens won't be under that window in the run, I have Rhubarb planted there! As for covering the run, my plan/goal is to extend it out into the grass a ways and "plant" those posts a foot or so below the bottom of the upper deck, to create a slope that I can tarp off in winter and possibley for added shade in the summer. I live in Spokane, Washington, so get a mix of hot in the summer (I've seen it hit 105, but average is closer to 70-90) and cold in winter (with mild to severe snow, temps dipping to -20 F on occassion). I've been debating insulation since I began my research and have decided to go "as-is"...I do plan on getting a cold hardy breed, whichever one I eventually decide on! But, I'll only be getting 3 hens...might squeeze in a fourth, but that would be pushing my luck with my neighbors I think! Interior... Currently, there is a ~10-inch shelf that runs the length if the shed (8 to 10 feet). There actually 2 (it's a typical gardening shed with space for pots & the laenmower & wheelbarrow). I'm cosidering leaving on or both for space to put a nesting box (large covered cat little box) and to use as the roost, rather than taking it out and putting in a 2x4. If I need a light out there, that's another added expense (one I would need professional help doing), but could be managed since the large cost portion is dealt with by using the pre-made structure. Once it warms up a bit, I may dig a path out there this winter to take interior shots, but really there isn't much in there! Anyway, any advice on anything I may have missed or not thought of would be great! Or you can tell me I'm all wet for thinking I can turn the lower half into a coop! I know it's huge for just 3 hens, but that's really all I can have within city limits (I live about 2 blocks off the main road (Hwy 2 I think it is...).