Check with your local council
Before you buy a chicken coop, be sure to check with your local council in case there are any regulations in place. Non-rural areas tend to have strict restrictions regarding the amount of chickens allowed as well as their sex. A noisy rooster may upset a neighbour and could eventually lead to an unwanted visit from the council.
Ensure you have enough space in your yard
The next thing to think about is whether you have the space in your yard for chickens and a chicken coop and whether you want them to be able to roam free in the yard during the day. This will also determine how many chickens you should keep because allowing them to roam free during daytime hours means you only really need enough room in the coop for them to roost at night (or when locked up) and to lay their eggs. With our chicken coops, we recommend keeping 3-4 chickens per coop.
You should also consider how the placement of the chicken coop might discourage or prevent pests or predators such as foxes from getting access to it. Locating the coop on sturdy, hard ground, or even concrete, is well worth considering.