Chickens are a simple homestead animal. If you meet their basic needs you are rewarded with delicious fresh eggs. However, sometimes it’s fun to go beyond the ordinary and create something spectacular if for no other reason than it makes you smile each time you see it. It is with this idea of spreading joy on the homestead that I bring you these awesome chicken coops that not only serve their function to house the chickens but are fancy and fabulous! I hope they inspire you to create your own upscale coop designs!
I’m a sucker for a door that isn’t a rectangle and this stunning coop is no exception. Featured on Backyard Chickens they provide great step by step pictures of the building process and further details on the decor. They have added window boxes, landscaping, and could that porch be any cuter?!? It reminds me of something out of a German fairy tale. Screens in the window help with ventilation and were also added onto the front door. They have additional shelving to store food on a shelf in the “attic” portion of the coop.
My Fancy House included this coop in its tour of Linden Hill in Pennsylvania. This residence was formerly owned by the family that invented the Campbell’s Condensed Soup. You should check out the site to see how this magnificent coop and aviary blend with the architecture of the other buildings on the property. Bear in mind you might not build something this extravagant for your hens but incorporating elements such as the round aviary and round coop, stonework, or rod iron can really enhance your coop. As does the idea of matching the coop to existing structures on your property.
French Country Hen House
Liz Marie details her friends cute little French Country coop. I adore the title of Hen House in French and just giggle every time I see it. Adding the entrance is what really ‘makes’ the coop I think. The addition of greenery around it and in the old metal buckets adds rustic charm.
Garden Shed/Coop Combo
This coop featured on Paper Bird is a definite combo of functional and beautiful. This garden shed gets extra cuteness points for the little white fence and her coop has little banner flags people! Seriously, all chickens need little fabric banners! The multi-level structure conserves space and provides an enclosed protective area for the hens. You should check out her site and see her gorgeous hens, especially her Polish Hens with the fabulous plummage!
This spectacular two story coop won a coop contest by McMurray Hatchery and it’s not hard to see why. It is sectioned into different areas for different breeds of hens and upstairs has hatchery equipment and even a sink! You don’t need two stories to pull off this look though, painting your coop in barn red with white trim brings instant barnyard feel even to a backyard.
The wooden walls and ceiling of this coop could easily be found inside a home rather than a hen house. Roosting bars are conveniently located opposite the nest boxes in this design.
Shire Style Coop
Love the Lord of the Rings? Have a Hobbit Obsession? Now your Chickens can live like a Hobbit in this Hobbit Hole Coop available on Etsy. The side of the roof lifts up for easy cleaning access.
Let your Geek flag fly proudly with this Tardis coop featured on Tardis Builders. They show you how they built it using a kit and provide tips on construction. It does of course beg the question is the chicken Tardis bigger inside than it appears from the outside?
Shabby Chic Coop
This adorable coop by Sweet South was really one of the main inspirations for my own coop. I’d been saving pictures of it on my Pinterest boards before I even had chickens! She admits that her inspiration was a coop on The Fancy Farm Girl site. I particularly love the pink accents and the screen door that separates the ‘sitting room’ from the main portion of the coop. Oh and the porch! And the Chandelier! Well I love all of it, and although I don’t know the owner of Sweet South I ADORE their style!
More Shabby Chic
This is the original inpsiration coop! Unfortunately, it appears that The Fancy Farmgirl site is no longer active but nonetheless it is an amazing coop. So calm and beautiful. I imagine a fair amount of cleaning is involved to keep it this spotless. My girls track mud and dirt EVERYWHERE!
Dutch Door Coop
Dutch doors add rural charm where ever they appear and a coop is no exception. Project Zenstead built this coop from a partially assembled playhouse kit and use to house both their chickens and ducks. I would have a terrible time keeping my kids out of the coop with the cute door that is just their size!
Colorful and Quirky
You don’t have to go with everyday decor for a coop. Bright and quirky this coop stands out as both coop and art piece. It is featured on Backyard Chickens but I couldn’t find the owner of it so if you know please tell me and I’ll add it to the credits on it!
If Shabby Chic isn’t your thing and you have more modern tastes with clean lines this coop featured on Dwell fits the bill. They even have a garden on top safe from the vegetation destroying chicks.
This was a built from scratch coop that utilizes natural branches for roosts and gives a very chic look to a backyard bird space. The lanterns really complete the look and there are little closets included for extra storage of food and other supplies.
Rustic can still be elegant as seen in this coop featured on Lands of Texas. The combination of chandeliers, artwork, branches, and corrugated metal
Wild West Coop
You can bring back the days of Billy the Kid with this Wild West Coop featured on Backyard Chickens. They have pictures of the whole building process and the inside of the coop. I adore the front porch and the sign hanging out front that says Daily rate is 1 egg, weekly rate is 5 eggs! If you decide to add more coops later because let’s be real here why would you not want more chickens you could create an entire miniature old west town.
East Coast Classic
Classic design allows this coop photographed to pair seamlessly with the surrounding garden. The black hinged doors give easy access to nest boxes and other coop areas for cleaning. The cupola on top adds to the charm of this coop.
Flip Top Coop
The entire top of this coop flips open for super easy access and even includes chicken paintings on the inside.
Fairy Tale Coop
Amaretto Girl designed and her husband built this adorable fairy tale coop. The roof is my favorite feature with the asymmetrical shingles. It looks like it’s straight out of a story book!
Window Box Dream
The window boxes with greenery and flowers provide a fresh inviting look to this coop. If you think the outside is wonderful you have to click through to Backyard Chickens and take a peek at the inside! I have to admit the gorgeous foliage and damp leaves on the ground look pretty inviting as I sit in the summer heat of Texas!
Have fun planning your coops and I’ll post link to mine when I finish!