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Chicken Coop Design Ideas

We’ve received a lot of publicity for my husband’s trampoline chicken coop. This is what it looked like semi-painted (the old paint peeled off) before we finally decided to scrap it. It was time to build something new and clear the way for new projects. Go ahead and click on the photos for full sized images because the blurry ones surely don’t do them justice. Don’t ask me what my husband is looking at… Maybe a chicken snuck in there.

We replaced it with this monstrosity (pardon the mess). We let the birds out during the day and lock them up at night. It’s sometimes unsettling to hear the coyotes.

Rather than making a greenhouse, we covered the PVC with chicken wire. I started with 8 Australorps, 4 of which were brutally murdered by two of the neighbor’s dogs. Since I called animal control, they haven’t been a problem. I then added on 5 Barred Rocks and 5 Rhode Island Reds. I find the Barred Rocks especially beautiful. One thing I love about having chickens is that I’m always entertained.

My husband has been a framer for almost 20 years and thoroughly enjoys woodworking. He’s made cutting boards, bird houses, and other fun items in his spare time, but for some reason, he can’t get enough of building chicken coops and I wanted to feature some of those creations here.

To reduce out of pocket costs, he uses leftover scraps from his job site, which his boss has graciously allowed him to take home. We’ve sold coops for anywhere between $300-600 depending on size and design. Many people balk at the price, but if you take into account the amount of hours that go into caulking, painting, and the details, it’s reasonable. Our coops are not lightweight by any means. We’ve had customers buy their coops from other sources only to be disappointed in the shoddy workmanship. I guess the old saying, “You get what you pay for” rings true.

Every coop starts with a sturdy, protective base.

A family drove 3-4 hours to come get this one:

My husband was going for a colonial look with this one:

The castle coop, however, is our ultimate favorite:

What do you think? I’d love to see photos of your chickens and/or your coops. Please share!

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