Reader’s Chicken Coops.
Your Photos.

I have a dream every so often where I can hop a little bit, flap my arms and BOOM!, suddenly I can fly.   Most people fly in their dreams.  Usually it’s a nice, pleasant roam about town from a different perspective.  A fun feeling of being free, and alive, knowing you have the ability to poop on someone’s head.

However, when I fly in my dreams it’s mostly a terrifying episode where I’m trying to escape from someone who is trying to kill me.  It’s usually a group of people actually and they’re carrying glue guns and meat cleavers, screaming at me about the price of sparkles.  Weird.  I rarely even use sparkles let alone set the price for them.

I wonder if my chickens dream the same thing.  About flying to escape danger that is.

Little known fact.  Chickens can fly.  Just not very well.  Every once in a while Norma will take a flying leap and make it to the end of the run before crashing into a bale of straw and screaming at whatever chicken happens to be around her at the moment.

If anything were to try and catch her I have no doubt she’d never be able to escape by flying but she might be able to buy some time by confusing her attacker with her  tumbleweed approach to trying to fly.


At least her coop is elegant. Not that she cares. I got an email from The Good Doctor Richardson the other day that linked to an article saying the healthiest, best laying chickens often come out of the crappiest coops. The reasoning behind this is crappy coops that look like they were built by the first of the 3 little pigs have really good ventilation, which in turn creates good air quality for the little birds.

I’m the first to admit the coop I built, although very practical, has a lot of elements that are strictly for me. Like how it looks. I’m pretty sure the chickens don’t care how the coop looks. Except maybe Walnut. She’s fussy that way.

Even though my own coop is a more streamlined, modern approach to a coop, I can honestly say, I love all chicken coops. Not just ones that look like mine. In fact some of the most dilapidated coops are among my favourites. It probably stems from my Grey Gardens obsession.

Last week I asked you all to send in pictures of your coops and you did. Here … are your coops.  From rustic to funky, cartoon-like to cabin-like.


Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in pictures.

Have a good weekend.


  1. caryl says:

    poulet chalet–and curtains?? Hands down fave.

  2. Becky says:

    How did I miss this? I totally woulda sent a pic of my coop… that’s if I could ever get one that I like. My coop isn’t nearly as elegant as yours– yet.
    Its not quite done, but I ran out of summer.

  3. Susan says:

    Holy cow – a POSTER in a chicken coop? A flowering windowbox? Curtains? Are these real chicken houses?

    I think I saw 3 real chicken houses here. I think chicken houses are supposed to old. I think chicken houses are supposed to be dirty. I think chicken houses are supposed to falling apart. Only real chickens live in those houses. It’s chicken “dudes” in the fauncy smancy houses.

    (Disclaimer: No offense to anyone. I ADORE and love chickens and people who appreciate them too.)

    • motherhen says:

      No offense taken but… my well housed chickens will take on my dog, my cats, the odd rat, small children, and my husband! They would probably kick the chicken @#$% out of any dirty house chickens, and then invite them over for tea on the porch!

  4. Barbie says:

    Third from the bottom….my favorite! Especially the photo of the hens all looking out the curtained window! LOVE

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You know what Karen..I feel like you do..Not one of them is any better than the others..just different..Thank you everyone for sharing!!

  6. Shauna says:

    Oh shoot, I’ve been so busy and I totally forgot to send in my picture. These are such great coops, thanks to everyone for sharing and to Karen for posting.

  7. Ruth says:

    That chalet with the curtains… oh. my. word! *squeals* Cute!

  8. Jake says:

    Holy crap some of those are bigger than my apartment, and better decorated.

  9. says:

    Happy to see the chickens of the world are so well housed! Great pics!

  10. Feral Turtle says:

    I wish I still had chickens. All this reading about coops and chickens is making me want to shovel poop again! Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen. Cheers.

  11. Cathy says:

    These are really neat! My husband didn’t want to build one so I bought two small ones from a company on the internet. These are so much cuter and have a lot more room. How creative! Thank you, Karen.

  12. Cindy Marlow says:

    Well, it’s decided. When I die, I will petition to be reincarnated as a chicken owned by one of your readers. I have my favorites, but I’m not telling. Let it be a surprise!

  13. Mary Kay says:

    THANKS KAREN!! Looked forward to this all week with envy. Loved them all!!

  14. MelissaM says:

    Did I see a coop that provides it’s chickens with their own swing set?? Wow! Those chickens are lucky ducks, eh?

  15. Teresa Messick says:

    These are awesome….now I’m going to be drawing and re-drawing the coop I hope to build in the spring.

  16. Deb says:

    The curtained Chalet…OMG…how adorable is that? ALMOST convinced me we need chickens…ALMOST!!!

  17. Ann says:

    OMG-how I love that black and white chicken painted on the inside of that door.

    And thanks for including my humble coop. I have a feeling it is quite well ventilated!!

  18. Annie Kip says:

    Dang – I wish I had sent you a pic of my coop! It sits smack in the middle of my suburban backyard in order to comply with zoning setbacks (ridiculous!). These coops look great, but yours is still my favorite! Swanky and sleek!

  19. marilyn says:

    that was fun, some of them are hilarious..breakfast club?…poulet chalet?? too much fun

  20. Bonnie says:

    Thank you to everyone for sharing, and to Karen for coordinating. Quite amazing!

  21. Judith says:

    SO neat! There are some creative chicken owners out there!

  22. shuckclod says:

    Those are great, but nothing bets yours :)

  23. Kipley Herr says:

    YAY chickens!

  24. Julie says:

    Wow- I have complete coop envy. I hate my coop. It’s ugly and hard to clean (hubby built it)

  25. Love them all. I will miss my coop here. But will get another when I move there. Love a chicken butt!

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