22 Times Seriously Creative People Built Some Amazing Chicken Coops

Have you ever been jealous of a chicken? I haven’t until now.  The fact is, chickens don’t have the most glamorous lives even in the best circumstances, and in some situations, chickens have really crappy lives. I’m looking at you, chicken plants in the South. However, in recent years, people have become more interested in keeping chickens. My wife and I have a friend who lives in a suburb in Tulsa, Oklahoma and she decided to get into chickens a few years ago. She and her family enjoy having the fresh eggs and they love the personalities of the feisty little birds.

The chickens who live in these small-scale “farms” actually have pretty good lives in most cases. They’re definitely free-range and not cooped up in a plant where there is barely breathing room. That’s a horrible way for any animal to live. In fact, some owners are building some incredibly extravagant chicken coops for their birds. Some of these look not like chicken coops but rather like the pages of a fairy tale book. To build a chicken coop, it’s a bit more involved than just nailing a few boards together. Your coop has to be in a shaded area so that the chickens don’t get too hot, for one thing.

In an interview with This Old House, Ann E. Stratton said that if you elevate the nesting area of a chicken coop a couple of feet above the ground, it will keep your chickens’ feet fry when it floods or rains. Believe it or not, hens can be very picky and they need a full 16 hours every day of natural sunlight to keep laying those delicious eggs.

For that reason, you have to make sure your hens have access to enough light so that they’ll be happy in the fall and winter without being too hot in the summer. Let’s check out some more of these amazing coops.

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