You've got another six weeks to register for Seattle Tilth's popular City Chickens 101 class, but if your burning desire to make cheese scrambles with still-warm eggs collected from a nest of hay every morning can't wait, I present to you: the Eglu.
Made in Iowa by a company called Omlet USA, the Eglu offers prefab living for two to four hens (the company says the optimal yard size for the Eglu is 20 by 30 feet). Offered in green, red, orange, fuschia, and blue, it costs $495, or $515 with two chickens, plus shipping. Yes, that means it would take approximately 732.5 years to recoup your investment in fresh eggs, but some of us have no practical building skills to make our own from Home Depot scraps. Besides, (live) chickens offer fertilizer, feathers for craft projects, and most of all, companionship. Who can put a price on that?