My children got it in their heads that we need chickens (with some influence coming from my wife) and they got all our friends and family to chip in some money to get them. This means that I have to build fences and a coop. The coop should be able to house up to 10 chickens and cost around $300.00 to build. My wife then painted it to match our house. It is big enough that if the chickens don't like it, the kids can use it as a play house.