|Another library copy|
So I was glad to be reminded about this book, which I borrowed from the library. I'll be honest here; it was written in 1924, and a great majority of the book seems to be an argument in favor of using open air housing, a nail which he hammers over and over and over to the point that I found myself skimming over vast sections of the book. He also spent most of the book describing housing sufficient for 100 birds at a time, which is twenty times the number approved by my local municipality, and which might be useful for someone who wants to keep a hundred birds at a time, but isn't what I want to do. However, I am convinced enough that it works and am willing to try it for my hen house. I finally found what I was looking for on pages 124 and 125: dimensions and descriptions for a 6X10 house small enough for my backyard.
So the gist of the review of Fresh Air Poultry Houses: The Classic Guide to Open-Front Chicken Coops for Healthier Poultry is that the information in it is worth reading. Borrow it if you can, buy it if you must, but don't expect detailed plans.
I'm glad I read it, and have a better idea of what I'm going to do, but since I have other ideas about this hen house that I'll be making, I'll be using the information from the book as a guide only. I'll have to create plans from the ground up (literally) for myself from scratch.
Which is kind of a funny chicken pun.