The two most basic requirements for chickens are a house to roost in at night and a safe place to scratch around in during the day. It‚Äôs important to think about the siting of the hen house/run (some shade is good and avoid low lying boggy areas) and remember to take your neighbours‚Äô feelings into consideration.
A good hen house should be free from draughts, but at the same time well ventilated, and provide shelter from rain and vermin. You should avoid overcrowding and allow one nest box for every 3-4 birds. In addition, each bird should have adequate perch space (9-12 inches each) for night time roosting.
A good hen house equals happy hens and lots of lovely eggs!