It was April, our baby was just born, and I decided this was the year I was going to get chickens. I have been wanting to keep chickens for a few years, but just couldn't bring myself to build a coop fearing it would be inadequate and I would throw lots of money away.
The chicks were hatching at our friends farm, Duda-Lang Farms and they had exactly what I wanted to start off with, Rhode Island Reds that were 4 weeks old. Deciding that no time was a good as the present we went ahead and ordered a large chicken coop from Snap Lock Chicken Coops. I built a base with legs from scrap 4x4 cedar posts and a ramp from some old plywood and 1x2 lumber.