We're embarking on our first chicken experience, and struggling with the decision to build or buy a coop. Option a) Build. Our village ordinance allows up to 5 hens -- we would plan for the maximum. - Requires 3 sq ft of coop floor space per bird, and one nest box PER BIRD. - Minimum dimensions of 2' wide x 2' long x 4' tall - Needs to be vented and insulated Requires 6 sq ft of run space per bird. - Minimum dimensions of 2' wide x 2' long x 3' tall Is it feasible to build a big enough coop for less than $850 in new materials? I've been browsing plans for the past week, and it's really looking like it's not... Option b) Buy. A local person makes and sells coops, and has one that would fit our requirements for $650. We'd need to add on a bit of a bigger run, but that's it -- comes insulated, pre-wired, with winterizer panel, etc. I'm assuming that building onto the run a bit would be less than $200 (that's where I got the $850 for Option a) If you were me, and lived in Wisconsin (hot summers, very cold winters) what would you choose? We want to save money, so would go with the best value for the least $$.