5 Pre-Fab Chicken Coops That Aren’t for the Birds – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

IF YOU’RE looking to join the ranks of the urban dwellers and suburbanites who raise chickens in their own backyards, consider these helpful guidelines from the literature: A chicken coop should ideally face east. The right dimensions are 10 feet long, half that width, and about 4 feet high. The coop will need a large window, with a protective grate to exclude predators. On opposite walls, attach nesting boxes and perches. Enclose a run and the birds will frolic and bathe themselves in dust. Finally, a coop should include a…