Last Saterday, my wife and I took our 3 1/2 year old grandson on a Coup de Jour tour of keeping chickens in the City of Vancouver, Wa. Vacouver allows keeping hens only and as many as you wish so long as there is no complaints from the neighbors. There were 15 households represented in a walking tour to show how chickens are raised in the City to city folk. Well, I must say that ... this tour was a perfect example of how NOT to raise chickens. A couple examples... 1) a 3' x 5.' coop made out of scrap lumber with 4 nest boxes a good foot above the perches. The run was of 1" x 1" flimsy plastic netting for the top and 3 sides attached to the coop and the back wooden fence with staples specifically designed for stapling papers together. 2) a portable 3' x 8' long chicken coup with a run attached and 2 weels in the middle so it can be moved. When the whole thing was at rest , the run side has a 2" gap on the bottom. The solid wood coop had 2 nest boxes with a wooden ramp in front of them and an exterior lift door to collect eggs. NO fastener, just gravity holding the nest box door down. Another ramp leading to a roost above the nest boxes ( roosting board wood was a 1/2" x 2" corner to corner at an angle forming a triangle with the 1/2" side on top) The wire netting was 1" chicken wire. The walk in all wire mesh door had a piece of wood attached with a nail in the middle that when the wood's side is up it opened, and when the wood side was turned sideways, it acted as a closing devise. All this with a sign advertizing a carpenter who will build for you a coop just like this one. Wow, just WOW !!! 3) The most secure coop that I saw was a walk in coup built with scrap wood with an attached run, the wire being a chain link with coop and run covered with flimsy plastic roofing pannels. Problem was there was a good 6" gap between the top of the chain link and the plastic roof panels, and NO 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth at the bottom of the chain link. The others were various of wanna be's, but NO cigar types. There are many raccons, possoms, rats, hawks,dogs, cats and a coyote and fox or two known to live in the City. At one place the owner stated that a lady 2 doors away actually fed the raccons every night so she wasn't concered about them getting her chickens. Our grandson got to pet chickens at 4 places and collect the eggs at 2 places when he was allowed to go inside the coops/ runs. He had a jolly old time.