Show Me Your Coop

I love this chicken coop.

It makes me feel all weak in the knees.  The weather worn boards, the slanted roof, the mish mash of faded paint on the front.  I love this chicken coop.  In fact, everything from the split rail fence to the snow covered trees make me a bit woozy.   It’s a common condition actually … I am, at this very moment, suffering from what is known in the scientific community as “Snow drunk”.

I might also be actually drunk.

Snow really does make everything outside look better.  It’s like beer goggles for derelict buildings and nature.

The coop belongs to Amy from ABCD Design in New York City.    The coop’s on the roof of her Manhattan condo.  Just kidding.  It’s at her country house.  I’ve been trying to convince her to fill it with chickens, but so far I haven’t succeeded.

Even though I love my contemporary coop, and it suits its surroundings … I still have a HUGE appreciation for traditional chicken coop designs like this one.  Coops that were built way before chickens became the new lap dog.

I also like chicken coops that are shaped like barns, coops with chandeliers in them and coops built out of old cars.  I love me a coop.

I also love me pictures of coops.  That is where you come in this week.  It’s been a while since I called upon you to send in pictures, but … I’m a callin’.

Now is the time for you or your friends to show off their chicken coops.


So if you have a chicken coop, send me a picture of it.  Send your photos to

(the coop picture post is now closed.  sorry, no more entries allowed)

I’ll be picking the cream of the coops and posting them next week.  It can be a new picture or an old picture, just so long as it’s YOUR picture.

No prize.  No winnings.  Just a chance to show off your chickens and coop to other coop owners and those who only dream of a coop.  Plus everyone else.  So clearly, a huge opportunity for you here.

Have a good weekend.


  1. Denise Leavens says:


    This is not MY coop. I don’t have one. I am going to CLAIM this one as mine since it no longer even exists. I found it in 1910 New Orleans via the fantastic website

    Be sure to click on View full size.

  2. Teresa Messick says:

    At the moment, my coop…err, I mean future coop, consists of a stack of pallets I have been dragging home for months. They are leaning neatly against the massive Southern Magnolia in the back yard waiting for spring and the hope of being built into a magnificent Chateau Poulet! Probably butchered the spelling of that name. Maybe this time next year I will have a photo to send in. Oh, and I love snow pics too, especially since we get very little way down here in the armpit of the South! Thanks for sharing!

  3. judy says:

    how about memories of a chicken coop? my grandmother had one on her farm outside of wewoka, ok. about the size of a modest bathroom, with a large chicken wire (what else)window in front, part left-over tin from the barns and part wood for the walls..gravely-dirt floor and two layers of roosts (is that what they’re called?) that had probably 10 nests. in the summer when visiting, the one who drew the short straw got to gather the eggs. Her chickens were a little on the mean side and loved to peck the hand that stole their treasure, then peck our barefoot heels as we beat a hasty retreat. Grandmother, however, would coo as she went in and gently gather a basketfull. we should have learned from her!! thanks for the memories!

  4. Debbi says:

    “Coop” is a pretty awesome word. The more “coops” in a sentence the better is what I always say.

  5. Sara says:

    A bit of sound advice – never buy a house while snow drunk. I made that mistake once. Winter melted and I woke up in the spring and realized just how ugly my new neighborhood really was. Sadly, no coops here. Something about that snow-drunk house debacle made me realize just how much I really love an HOA…

  6. Marti says:

    Nice coop picture. I love your carrot soup. We are having our first serious cold weather and I’ve gone through 5 pounds of carrots in the last week, Karen. When I’m done with this batch, it’s on to the Fire Broth…Mmmmm!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Marti. We had the carrot soup this week too! It ended up being REALLY spicy. Eep. I’ve only recently become a soup maker. I’d be perfectly happy eating soup every night for dinner in the fall/winter. ~ k!

  7. I would love to show my coop! However, that means I have to find the cord to the camera to upload the pics. And I’m in the middle of packing to move. Awww, but my “new” place has a coop and I’m super excited to see what it looks like! Maybe I will snap a pic of that.

  8. Linda says:

    I don’t have a coop, but I thought you might be interested in this:

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