We are taking the plunge into building our first chicken coop, with the ultimate goal of having a house for 2 or 3 hens in the spring. We’ve decided to go with The Garden Ark, we bought the plans on thegardencoop.com for $25 US which currently equates to $32 CAN. I like that it’s not too big but should fit our small flock nicely. It is also portable so during our major wind and rain / snow storms I can move it into our large detached garage. Also, if my son loses interest I am only out a few hundred bucks which is also important! We took some initial steps today and bought all the hardware for the project, it came to $120, which was a bit more than I expected for screws, nuts, bolts and latches. There are a lot of screws required for this project however and boxes of deck screws add up quickly. If we get a nice day this week we will go get some of the timber, it requires 2 X 2 (16), 2 X 4 (3), 1 X 2 (1) and two sheets of plywood. It also requires some other roofing, hardware cloth, wheels and misc. items so I figure the end total will be close to $500. I’ll save the receipts and let you know. Stay tuned for hopefully regular updates and pictures! I have inserted the web page image of what it will hopefully look like in the end. We are all excited at the prospects.