It’s summer and the perfect time to spruce up your chicken coop or even build a brand new one. A nicely built chicken coop can give your chickens a better quality of life and make you feel good in your choice of raising chickens. I’ve come across some excellent ideas, ranging from small coops to chicken mansions. Maybe you’ll find something you and your feathered helpers will both enjoy. Most styles of coops can also be used as a brooding house for your young chicks too, which is always a plus.
Small Coops from Scratch – Backyard Chickens
If it’s simplicity you want and easy to follow directions, then this is the place to go. These small coops range from a simple A-frame with a single door to a small house with a run attached to it. I love the idea of being able to have directions to build my very own coop, if I so choose.
Plastic Chicken Coop – My Pet Chicken
This little plastic coop is perfect for city chickens, if you’re allowed to have them within the city limits of your town. It’s easy to assemble and provides protection from predators. What a great way to keep the neighbor’s dog from eating your feathered friends!
Coop with Extended Run – Williams Sonoma
Easy to clean is always a good idea and this particular coop offers multiple doors to enable easy cleaning of the nesting box, the coop itself, and even the run area. There’s also great ventilation, which is always a concern of mine, especially during the summer time.
Easy Backyard Coop – Mother Earth News
This is another do-it-yourself model, but without specific instructions attached to it. The simplicity of it is great though. If you have an old dog carrier or plastic dog house lying around, not being used, then this idea might work well for you and your chickens.
Playhouse Coop – Carolina Coops
I liked the compact playhouse aspect of this particular coop. I also thought a single roof covering both the coop and the run was a great idea. It sort of makes the whole coop a complete package and easier to move, if necessary.
House-like Chicken Coops – Green Chicken Coop
The environment is always something to keep in mind, especially when it comes to wood products. The company offering these coops use wood from timber plantations that are ecologically sustainable, plywood from managed forests and free from harmful chemicals. Even the paint they use is non-toxic. I adore the house-like aspect of these large coops. They seem like they’d look fantastic even in the front yard!
Elegant Coop – The Fancy Farm Girl
I thought of my mom when I found this coop. It looks like something she’d do! It’s extremely creative and a great idea for those who want a place to hang out, in comfort, with their chickens. It just goes to show that even a chicken coop can be fancy!
What ideas do you have for your new or next chicken coop?