My husband and I both have limited mechanical skills and even more limited carpentry skills. We were originally thinking about bulding a coop, but I am concerned that it's going to be way too complicated. We had been thinking about an a-frame tractor, but my major concern would be heat - it's not uncommon for the temps to hit 90-100 in the summer. I would be concerned that it would be too small and trap too much heat. We also have cold temps in the winter so we can't have it too open either. I'm also not entirely convinced that it would be incredibly cost effective to build one unless we're able to scavenge for a lot of the materials. It would also have to be reasonably predator proofed - we do have skunks, racoons and opossoms and some birds of prey. The coop will be in a fenced yard (8ft privacy) so strays and coyotes are not a concern. I would not be able to free range them without supervision either, so we'd have to have at least a large run for them (which doesn't seem as complicated to make). We're planning for a small flock - possibly 3-4 full sized birds. If anyone has a suggestion for a kit coop or idiot proof plans it would be appreciated.... I would really like to be able to get chicks for end of winter/early spring but I don't want to do anything until they have a permenant home in place here.