Edit: plan on the 5th page I'm hoping somebody could help me decide on a coop size and possibly even design. I'm hoping to get chickens this upcoming spring, if I can convince my parents. I know I had said I was getting them this past spring but for various reasons that didn't happen. This year, however, I'm hoping to have a job by then (might be working for my brother's friend at a dog daycare place. She has one but it's at her house, starting in February she's going to be renting a place) and my license or at least my permit so it should be a little more feasible. It's also my 21st birthday in March so I'm HOPING I can swing that card, since it's a pretty big birthday and I don't drink anyways, but we'll see. So ANYWAYS... If I DO get the chicks, I'll obviously need a coop and that's where I'm hoping you guys will be able to help. I want about 10-15 chickens, just because I want about 5 breeds and about 2 of each (early chicken math xD LOL), but my parents only want like 5 I think. Buuuuttt.. most hatchery minimums are 15 so hoping they'll be okay. (that's another question I have, where to get them, I'll make another post) Soo.. I would need the coop to be able to hold at least 15 chickens, preferably more, but at the same time, I don't think my parents want some huge unsightly thing. Thinking about it, 15 is kind of a lot, especially at first, but I still want them to have plenty of room, even if we get less birds. We have almost 3 acres but most of that is woods but we could easily make room for a coop right off the yard, if not actually IN the yard, and I have a few places in mind for the coop. I think we would also need a run but I'm also not sure we'd have the room for a large run without it being in the way and I plan to free range them anyways, if possible. I keep seeing ads for coops, on Craigslist and the like, like this one: http://southcoast.craigslist.org/grd/4765112152.html, that are fairly tiny (3x6 or wahtever) yet supposedly hold 11-15 chickens, or are honest and hold less but are $1500, or made of cedar or what have you, so I believe we want to build our own rather than buy it. I assume it would be cheaper. Another thing is that, after thinking about it a lot today and last night, I've realized I think I would possibly prefer one where I could walk in. It seems to me it would be easier to clean and do chores, easier for me to spend time with the birds, and, from what I've gathered, easier to have ventilation above their heads, but I understand if having a walk-in coop is not feasible or not recommended. Preferably it would be under $200-$300 but I understand that with all the amenities I want, such as a walk-in (aka bigger) coop, gable vents, etc., it might end up being quite about more. Therefore, I am prepared to save up or ask my parents to spend more, but preferably it would still be under $500 or $1000. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.