What makes for easy chicken raising? Having a coop you and your girls love! Creating a space you love to spend time in or around will make keeping chickens so much more enjoyable (as if they do not make it enjoyable on their own).
Check out these ten fantastic chicken coops from around the world for inspiration in your own yard!
2. FC Holden Car Turned Chicken Coop
Perth, Western Australia | Nick | @animal.engineering
Fabricator, Nick, converted this awesome FC Holden into a very unique coop for his flock. “I was talking with a work colleague one day about getting some chickens, and I wanted to build a coop for them, he said, ‘I’ve got an old car out back you can have it if you want.’ I said sure, the next week he turned up with an awesome FC Holden. I was pretty stoked when I saw the car and stripped out the interior, I had to make a wooden floor up for it cause the original was rusted away, then decided it needed a custom grill to fill the hole at the front where the original one once was. I used plywood for the boxes and cut grooves down to the first layer of glue then stained it, so it looks like the old Tung and groove wood used back it the day. Used to quite often have people stop and take photos of it at the old place.”
When Nick moved to a new property in Perth, Western Australia, he said he just could not leave the coop behind, so he made a 745 mile (1200km) round trip with a truck and crane to relocate the amazing coop (click through the gallery to see pictures of the move).
San Diego, California, USA | Nicole Benitez | @chicksneyland
Disney’s Magic Kingdom is considered a second home by many people around the world, known for its elaborate rides and magical details throughout the theme parks, but for the lucky chickens in Nicole Benitez’s backyard, Chicksneyland is their primary residence. The Benitez’s Disney-inspired setup welcomes neighborhood kids and friends with a custom sign in front of a life-sized carriage. Snow White’s Cottage and houses for the Seven Dwarves can be found proudly surrounded by a beautiful white picket fence. Other notable features of this chicken paradise include a Beauty and the Beast inspired run, scenes from Alice in Wonderland, a Fairytale Café for the chicks, and even a Mickey Mouse flower bed. The highlight of this amazing backyard has to be the large Cinderella’s castle, complete with curtained nest boxes and a beautiful wooden bridge. Check out more pictures and videos of these amazing coops on Chicksneyland’s instagram page.
4. Cheep Accommodations
Southwest Idaho, USA | Mel and Cameron Combs | @the_combstead
Talk about a thrifty couple! Building a large chicken coop can become pricey very quickly, so when looking for a large coop for their meat birds, Mel and her husband Cameron turned to a local buy/sell/trade Facebook group offering to take someone’s old camper off their hands. To their surprise, nine different people offered their trailers up! The Combstead couple settled on this cute 13ft camper and went to work ripping everything out of the inside, except for the cabinets which they kept for storage. They bolted down one sheet of vinyl flooring to help with easy cleaning and prevent water damage. Cameron built a ramp for the birds to walk in and out of the trailer coop. They added a trough feeder and two five-gallon waters to the inside and voila! The handy duo created the perfect setup and rotates about 60 meat birds through the coop at a time.
“It’s perfect because the meat birds can go into the grass and chill for the day, but the camper itself provides shelter from rain and snow, and even protection from hawks, etc.,” urban farmsteader, Mel Combs.
5. Adobe Chicken Coop
USA | Holly Simon | @pineandpatchoulifarm
Holly Simon and her husband moved to a 25-acre farm and have been renovating the property in a European Farmhouse style, so of course, they needed a matching chicken coop. For the first year living in the house, their attention has been on the animals and property. It only took three months for the Simons to turn a patch of grass into a beautiful stucco chicken coop. They did everything themselves except the stucco, which they hired a professional to complete. The process is documented in an Instagram highlight if you are interested in watching the build!
6. Coop Chanticleer
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada | Twila Mackay | @myurbanfarmily
If you have chickens, you know the worst part about keeping a flock is cleaning the coop. With this in mind, Twila and Bill Mackay wanted to create a coop they loved that not only brought them joy, but also create a coop with a design that made them actually want to maintain it. They loved the idea of having a turret so that became a main feature on this 8’x8’x6’ castle-like chicken coop. Twila explained, “The turret ended up being a great feature because it works a lot like a funnel and it creates a lot of upward air flow. This helps with the smell and keeping the coop cool and fresh.” The couple said they did not have many challenges building this unique donjon but spent much of their build time making sure there were not sharp edges, splinters or hardware poking out of the wooden sides.
Possibly more exclusive than creating a citadel chicken coop, another unique feature to this wonderful palace is that once a year, Santa Clause visits! Every Christmas, the Mckays take pictures with Santa outside of the decorated coop. Talk about a fun tradition!
7. Fluffingham Chapel
Tennessee, USA | Jeanine Joyner | @arundelle_green
When Jeanine and her family moved from an HOA neighborhood to their new eight-acre home in mid 2020, Jeanine knew she wanted chickens. “I searched and searched like crazy, then ran across a photo of a chicken chapel on Pinterest.” She fell in love and showed it to a friend of hers who agreed to build the beautiful design with the few modifications Jeanine desired. Now, Jeanine loves to look at her beautifully crafted chapel coop from her kitchen window.
Looking inside this charming coop, you will find Jeanine’s six hens roosting upon two roosting bars and laying in two nest boxes. The floor of the run is lined with gravel topped with sand to help with drainage, since the flock quickly ate all the grass. Jeanine says this helps with odor on rainy days!
“I am very new to chickens and farming, in general. My only advice is, seek help! My friend who built [our coop] had tons of experience with chickens, so he knew much more about what they need than I did. I did lots of research and we really figured it out as we went!” Adventures on the farm are chronicled in Jeanine’s blog and socials.
8. T.A.R.D.I.S Chicken Coop
Minnesota, USA | Diana and Brendan | @whovianchickens
Five lucky chickens, Missy, Clara, Amy, Rory and Thirteen hit the sci-fi jackpot of chicken coops when Diana and Brendan decided to build a T.A.R.D.I.S. chicken coop. In her blog post detailing the build, Diana explained her husband had wanted chickens for years, but she was hesitant until 2019 when it became a key criterion when they were searching for a new house. They found a property which allowed up to five chickens and got to building in 2020. An avid Doctor Who fan, Diana recalled, “We wanted a T.A.R.D.I.S. for a while and then we wanted chickens and the T.A.R.D.I.S. as the perfect shape for a coop!” The couple positioned the coop close to their back door to avoid irritating neighbors and to make egg collection in the winter easier. They topped it with a solar powered light and created one of the coolest chicken coops we have seen.
Which coops are your favotires? Let us know in the comments!