1. Optimus Prime Chicken Coop
2. Hotel Eggcelsior
|Like something out of Deadwood, this charming hen hotel, dubbed the Hotel Eggcelsior, has an authentic tin roof and little curtains on the inside.|
3. benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop
4. Free Range Chicken Jail
5. Vintage Shasta Chicken Coop
6. Behold the Loveliest Chicken Coop the World Has Ever Seen
Today in things relating to barn animals, photographer Tiffany Kirchner Dixon, aka blogger The Fancy Farmgirl, has conceived and constructed an utterly mindblowing chicken coop on her farm outside Seattle. Measuring eight-by-12 feet, the structure, which Kirchner Dixon designed with the help of her husband and 12-year-old daughter, houses 30 free-range chickens (including, ever charmingly, ones that lay pastel-colored eggs). Employing a mix of "farm things I have collected over the years"—a cow print hung in a vintage frame, a bunny door stopper for a vintage screen door, and a vintage number "6" sign she found at a flea market (which in its own way designates the address of the coop)—Kirchner Dixon has created a space that would not be out of place in, say, Lonny. As for the chandelier: "I have made myself a goal of having a chandelier in every room of my house, so I thought, 'Why stop there? Let’s put one in the coop too!'" Looks like Dwell does not, in fact, have a monopoly on awesome chicken coops.
7. The hens on the property of the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia live in a gazebo with a chandelier.
8. The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens
There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops – from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally – and Peter Strzebniok, founder of Nottoscale, set out to create a coop that is functional, compact, and modern.
With a footprint of 2×6 feet, The Moop takes up a small space, but it provides enough room for up to 4 hens. Two runs on either side hook into a modular roost with 4 nesting boxes. Hinged doors allow easy access to clean out the nesting rooms and pull out eggs. Another door on the base allows the roost to be cleaned, and extra strength chicken wire protects the hens against predators. Specially-designed ceramic water and food feeders by Nottoscale and local designer and ceramicist Rosalie Wild and Carol Koffel bring extra flair and functionality to the coop.
You can get your own Moop with one run starting at $600, and with an additional run for $800. The kit of parts is assembled once you receive it – although if you live near San Francisco you can pick one up pre-assembled for an extra $100. Nottoscale is currently taking orders for The Moop, and if you order soon, you can get it in time for the holidays.
9. Neiman Marcus offered the Heritage Hen Mini Farm. Price tag: $100,000.
10. Nicole Richie Shows Off Her Beverly Hills Chicken Coop: ‘We Did a Miniature Version of My Own House’
Now, the fashion designer and mom of two, 35, is a dedicated keeper of eight chickens, which she cares for in her Los Angeles backyard. She introduced her flock — Tallulah, Philomena, Mama Cass, Sunny, Daisy and newcomers Ivy, Sibby and Dixie Chick — and their stylish coop to archdigest in a high-fashion photo shoot.
“About three years ago, we decided to add to our family and bought five chickens,” says Richie. “I was in New York at the Met Ball, and I came home and they were delivered the same day. I raised them inside my house for about six weeks, and then it was time for them to have a coop.”
The coop at her new residence in Beverly Hills is a minimal, gray structure that Richie says mimics the style of the main house. “We did a miniature version of my own house in terms of color and style,” she says. “I wanted one color palette throughout.”
While her two children, Harlow, 9, and Sparrow, 7, have taken an interest in the pets, her husband, Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, is another story.
“Joel has looked at them maybe two times. When he has friends over and wants to be cool, then he’ll talk about our chickens and give his friends a tour, but otherwise, he doesn’t care about our chickens,” she says with a laugh.
11. Linden Hill – A $24.5 Million Historic Estate In Gladwyne, PA
12. Sheffer Chicken Coop is a metal-clad New York home for eight hens
The Sheffer Chicken Coop creates enough nesting space for eight birds at a refurbished farmhouse in East Hampton.
Before designing the structure, New York-based Architecture Research Office (ARO) carried out some research into the needs and habits of well-bred chickens, in order to plan a habitat with appropriate levels of space, heating and ventilation.
"We looked at everything from the size of the coop for the type of chickens being housed in it to the size and location of the nesting boxes and access to harvest the eggs," explained architect Stephen Cassell, one of the three founders of ARO.
The coop was built with an arching timber structure. End walls are cedar, while the curving side walls are clad with aluminium shingles with folded-up edges.
"The shingles are folded simply because we thought it was beautiful how the shadows they cast change throughout the day," Cassell told Dezeen.
There are doors at both ends of the building – one for chickens and one for people. Ventilation is provided by a narrow opening at the top of these two walls, ensuring that drafts don't disturb the nesting process.
Inside, one wall is lined with a row of eight nesting boxes – one for each hen. The other wall is fronted by a pair of roosting perches that span the room, creating a place for the chickens to sleep.
Manure boxes are positioned directly underneath these perches, and a long hinged door allows these to be easily removed and emptied. A similar door on the opposite side allows for simple egg collection.
During their research, the team identified six different kinds of predatory threat, from foxes to birds of prey, and five possible security measures that could be put in place by the farm owners.
"The coop is fenced in and has a concrete foundation to keep foxes and other predators from digging their way in," added Cassell.