1. Ventilation
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Clean, dark nesting area for layers
  4. Easy access to nesting area
  5. Coop size
  6. Heating
  7. Cooling
  8. Aesthetically acceptable
  9. Dropping board
  10. Easy to move
  11. Floor type – open to the ground, or closed?
  12. Protection against decay
  13. Sufficient predator protection
  14. Sufficient protection against wind, rain, and cold
  15. Sufficient roost space
  16. How many chickens do you plan to keep in it?
  17. Are you raising the chickens for eggs, meat, as pets?

This list is just a start. If you think of other things to consider or want to discuss these in more depth, please add a comment below this article.