I've been talking about getting some chickens for a long time. We have the perfect space for them and I love eggs.
The available coops are either absolutely beautiful and very expensive or made of wood slightly more sturdy than balsa. One piece of advice I read over and over is to have a coop bigger than you need. I'm thinking about getting maybe 3 chicks. What I found that I could buy outright was over $1K. So I found a build yourself set of plans put together by a woman on the Home Depot site. The plans are clear, complete and look pretty straightforward. It does require me to buy a couple of tools. Damn.
I intend to add covered runs but we've got a fenced in area that they can free range in most of the time. The runs for when we're not around.
And a bonus. We're replacing the forward dropcam in our building with an exterior real time camera. Which frees up a dropcam soon to be renamed "Chickencam".
And, by the way. I've never even had a conversation with a chicken since overhandling the green one that I got for Easter at probably 4 years old (how things have changed). I know absolutely nothing about raising them. So, yeah, the perfect situation.
I'll likely get the chicks soon. Motivation to get moving on their home.