coop homes!

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i’m intrigued by the idea of backyard chickens, but i don’t use eggs or meat in my kitchen. plus my wanna-be-bird-hunting dog would torment them! more than the fantasy of having chickens though, i think i’m actually more obsessed with which fantasy coop design would be the best fit in my garden.

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elisabeth bentz recently moved herself and her menagerie, including the chickens and their coop, from portland to ashland, oregon.

i love the simplicity of the coop design above, and the mini green eco-roof!

CLICK HERE for the rest of Jill’s post after the jump!

 

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there are plenty of drool-worthy modern-ish coop designs and chicken-raising information online here and here.

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henspa.com has some great simple, modern coop designs.

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the mother of coop design porn is backyardchickens.com.

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some designs here are amazing, others not so much! but it's great to see a ton of different design ideas all at once.

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in portland, my favorite place to get supplies for my fantasy chickens would be pistils nursery. they have a coop and chickens onsite and offer lots of info., classes and custom coop design. and also worm composting and beautiful custom worm composters. and beekeeping. and, you know, plants and such. there's lots of excuses to visit this place!

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on my reading list for today are farm city and coop.

  1. kate so says:

    Thanks for the book suggestions! I just placed them on hold at my local library. I reserved the Farm City audiobook. I think it will be a fun one to listen to in the evening.

  2. David says:

    The eglu has become popular in the UK for urban chicken fanciers:
    http://www.omlet.co.uk

  3. Allyson says:

    I just picked Coop for my book club! I can’t wait to get started on it. I had chickens growing up and miss them!

  4. Terry Golson says:

    Many people who don’t (or can’t) keep their own backyard hens watch mine. Some people who watch have been so smitten that they get their own :) My live-streaming cam is at http://www.hencam.com.

  5. KD says:

    What a great and inspiring post! I love the coops with the living roof. And thanks for the nursery reference in PDX, I’ll be moving there soon and finally will get my chickens!

  6. One of my favorite books ever is Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance by Martin Gurdon.

    LOVE to read about chickens. These are great coops!

  7. Jeanne McGee says:

    I’ve already built my chicken coop but would love to add a green roof….any how to info. out there to pass along?

  8. Chelsea says:

    These coops are awesome! I don’t have chickens, but I’ve been toying with the idea of building an outdoor aviary for my parrots. These designs are a great place to start, they wouldn’t take that much modification to keep my three green scream machines happy.

  9. Very cool! I had no idea coops could be designed in so many ways.

  10. Madame Beatrice says:

    My uncle keeps chickens, and I’ve had the fresh eggs. Really nothing you can buy in the store compares!
    Love these, although they don’t top my favorite coop ever:
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53034.msg493142#msg493142

  11. AmberLee says:

    i LOVE these. thank you thank you. we just lost several chickens to coyotes and i’ve been so sad. (I sniffle a little every time I buy eggs at the store). My husband and I have been looking at designs for a new coop and these are fantastic. Thanks for helping us egg people out.

  12. Lisa says:

    I also love chickens/coops. I have to say Right on Jill! even though you are a vegan you wrote and gave great information for those of us who do. There is nothing worst than say a server when asked for a suggestion and they say they don’t eat meat or don’t drink wine. Obviously your world doesn’t consist of living in a box – thank you for the book suggestions also!

  13. Liane says:

    We had chickens for several years but are taking a break. When I was first researching having them I too was taken with all the coop designs. (Those roof gardens are adorable.) But we have a coop attached to our barn which my husband rebuilt and it works perfectly because I can go from house to barn to coop without going outside to take care of chicken duties early in the morning. I do miss them and maybe we’ll do it again in the spring. PS-Novella’s book is awesome and her sister’s flickr is fascinating (thesedaysinfrenchlife.)

  14. Evanne says:

    I just finished reading Farm City. It’s brilliant! So well written, funny and inspiring. Novella is my new hero. A must read.

  15. Willi says:

    Thanks for linking to my chicken coop page! We’ve had our girls for almost 3 years. I wrote about the pros and cons and what I wish I’d known before we got birds here:

    http://www.digginfood.com/2009/03/backyard-chickens-101-a-few-considerations/

    And an a post on backyard chicken basics here:

    http://www.digginfood.com/2009/03/backyard-chickens-101-an-introduction/

  16. Mike says:

    Great blog. A year ago, I built a coop using the designs from this site:

    http://www.isthmushandyman.com/Chicken%20Coop%20Designs/index.html

    It’s going strong. It works well for us because we’ve got limited space in our San Francisco backyard. Also, I really like being able to walk into the coop to clean things, without having to crawl in or stoop over. We’ve got five chickens in their now, letting them roam about the backyard during the day. They’re happily resting on the bar in the roosting box by the time I’m home from work.

  17. jill bliss says:

    thanks everyone for all your great comments and suggestions in this post!
    david: i’d forgotten about the eglu, thanks for the link!
    madame beatrice: that coop design is amazing!
    amberlee: sorry for your loss! we had chickens on the farm growing up who met a similar fate. it’s heartbreaking.
    willi: excellent advice!
    mike: good point about being able to stand upright inside for cleaning!

  18. Shaunie says:

    I LOVE these chicken coops! But me not being a fan of chickens would probably use them as a lovely bunny hutch!

  19. I’ve never even given a split-second thought to raising chickens, but after reading this and seeing all the cute little coops, I’m looking in my yard wondering how I could do that. Well, maybe I’ll just read the book and continue to purchase local farm-fresh eggs at my food co-op.

  20. This is a really nice selection. A couple more modern designs to add, especially for those interested in building their own coops — The Garden Coop and The Garden Ark:

    http://www.thegardencoop.com/

    And another great mod design from Portland:

    http://www.moderncoop.com/

  21. Traci says:

    This post came up in a search for modern chicken coops! Thanks for the summary of what is out there. I would add Kippen House to your options as well! Modern, garden roof chicken coop.
    http://www.kippenhouse.com

  22. Absolutely stunning chicken coops! As a DIY beginner, I can only aspire to eventually design a coop as good looking at these. Your talent is truly unmatched. :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    Dave

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