Hi Everyone! I'll have my first flock this spring. I'm trying to come up with a coop plan before then. It sounds like the ready-made ones (outside of a light-use, small, urban yard) are pretty rickety and not secure for predators. Coops made by professional carpenters and builders are beautiful and well-made but expensive for someone like me that's new to this. That might be something to grow into. So I'm looking at trying to build something but I have some physical limitations, so I can try to enlist some help and have some possible likely candidates. Or maybe I can get creative and repurpose something that will take less building time and money. This idea might be odd, again I'm new to this. So your advice and wisdom appreciated! I've been charmed by the chicken tractor "arks" and their old world look, especially because we live in a rural historic Scandinavian town. There's a guy locally on Craigslist selling some lovely ones for $1400 Cedar Chicken Tractor: but these are too small for the number of hens I feel comfortable putting in them, especially over a long, cold winter. There is just a narrow strip up top as the coop connecting two nest boxes. More power to the guy making these, they're beautiful, but out of my price range especially for the size. Do you think I could repurpose a wood swing set to make a large version (of course it wouldn't be mobile). I could still have a run beneath (and possibly attached to the side) and maybe a separate lightweight portable run to move around the yard. But with the height of a swing set there would be lots of space for a coop if the floor was level with the stretchers at the A-frames of swing set and went upward and then the run beneath that, to look just like the arks. Cedar siding could be added to the coop section with panels that open and ventilation, and hardware cloth to the bottom. A natural stain and maybe some other woodwork trim to finish. Here'd be the rough frame to start: Thoughts? Otherwise I'll round up some help and make a coop from plans.