14 Wonderful and Wacky Chicken Coop Ideas
Increasing numbers of homeowners are raising chickens in their backyards, and the creativity in chicken coop design is booming. From funky and playful to stately and classic, these chicken coop ideas will get your creative juices flowing.
The ladies roosting inside this adorable chicken coop enjoy a roomy 6-foot by 8-foot interior, with 6-foot ceilings and a skylight. The coop's corrugated tin roof adds a nice finishing touch to the "Hotel Eggcelsior."
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World's First Smart Coop
This unassuming little box is actually the world's first automated and mobile device/app controlled backyard chicken coop. Inside is a video camera so you can keep an eye on your hens from anywhere in the world. Food and water are replenished automatically, and you can even open the door remotely, with your phone.
Just so your chicken coops or coop isn't smarter than your house, here are 14 cool tech gadgets that turn your home into a smart house.
Cute and Cozy
A building company made this chicken coop for a customer who wanted something super cute. The cheerful trim around the door and windows was cut by hand. Using a jigsaw, you can make the same trim for your coop.
All Local Materials
This beautiful chicken coop was built from materials found on the property—field stones and boulders gathered from a riverbed and fallen logs of cedar and locust. The flagstone garden path adds an inviting touch.
This coop, called The Craftsman, has an 18-foot by 8-foot footprint and features a functional cupola—complete with a weather vane—a Dutch door, board-and-batten siding, reclaimed windows and a chandelier for the ladies inside.
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The shiplap siding, cedar shake shingles and whimsical angles give this chicken coop a fairytale cottage style. The owner milled his own siding and shingles from trees on the property for the chicken coops.
For Contemporary Chickens
Designed by an architect as an extension of his garden, this modern chicken coop shelters three hens, which is the limit per Portland, Oregon ordinances. The 4-foot insulated modern chicken coop is topped with a living roof—a bed of native sedum plants—which helps keep the hens cool and comfortable.
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Biddies with a Badge
The French slang word for police—"poulet"—means "chicken," which makes this coop a visual pun. Artist Benedetto Burfalina repurposed a French cop car from the 1970s, gutting it and installing a wooden floor, propping open the trunk, hood and doors and covering all the openings with chicken wire.
A Doctor Who fan built this Tardis for his backyard chicken coop. No word yet on whether his chickens have traveled through time and space.
This charming chicken coop was repurposed from a children's playhouse. The sturdy polymer material is durable, waterproof and resists insects, while natural palm fronds provide an authentic thatched chicken coop roof.
Coop in a Kit
Here's another chicken coop built from a children's playhouse—this one from a manufactured kit. Just screw the wooden panels together and cover the chicken coop roof with shingles. The owners added a solar light to illuminate the interior and, working with salvaged materials, customized the inside with composite flooring, DIY nesting boxes made from pallets, and a loft shelf for storing bales of straw.
If this project looks doable to you except for the roof, never fear—a little chicken coop roof like this isn't that tough. Here's how to install shingles.
The Pullets' Turret
You could almost be jealous of these chickens. They live in a stone turret on the grounds of a multimillion-dollar estate once owned by the heir to the Campbell Soup fortune. The coop reflects the majestic Norman architectural style of the 1929 mansion located on 50 acres in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.
A solid stone tower like this costs tens of thousands of dollars, but you could build a similar tower for much less by cladding it with stone veneer. Here's a tutorial on modern stone installation tips.
And on the other end of the spectrum is this chicken coop in all its shabby chic glory. The accessories change with the seasons, varying from rustic birds' nests to old farm implements to autumn wreaths and seasonal plants in earthenware crocks.
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