i nailed a scrap wire shelf up in the coop. our neighbors gave us two brown paper sacks of leaves, including seed-heavy decorative grasses with really long stems that are common in suburbs... aka hay. i took all the other feed out of the coop, so they can concentrate on this stuff.
the success of this whole project essentially depends on concentrating a lot of local biomass from neighbors. constantly fixing nitrogen with legumes and peas. leaves. downed branches. city provided compost material.
so far, i've spent a total of $8 on my chicken coop. all else was repurposed. the only thing i needed was some fine netting. all the lumber for the raised beds cost a total of $65. hardware of about $30.
the hens cost $20. feed has been a total of $40. i've recently purchased a couple tarps. i've bought a few rakes, shovels, etc. green plastic garden fencing. stakes and a few tomato cages. $150 on seeds and started plants.
craigslist and freecycle are awesome!!!