Coop Cooperation

It’s been a week, and the popcorn chickens are blossoming into little ladies.  I am obsessed with them.

Urban Chickens

Urban Chickens

Urban Chickens

Urban Chickens

It’s business time.  Time to get coop serious.

Aaron and I have not been getting along regarding the construction of the chicken coop.

He wants a tractor style.  I want a more permanent solution.

He thinks my idea is too complex.  And he’s right.  But I don’t care.

I think his idea is too simple and ugly.  If it’s going to be a part of our backyard, I at least want it looking nice.  We still haven’t decided yet.  Of course.  Because when it comes to the coop, we get along as well as The Sharks and The Jets.  So much snapping during our discussions.

I made a Pinterest board dedicated to my chickie-choos.  I want something like this:

Sophisticated Chicken Coopvia

I don’t think we need a coop this large.  I would like to build something like this on a smaller scale.  But everyone, including my grandpa at Sunday dinner, made fun of me for wanting something so fancy looking to put chickens in.  Shoot.

Or what about this?

Something urban, for my urban chickens.

Urban Chicken CoopVia (link is dead- if anyone has it, let me know!)

And this is Aaron’s favorite.  I like it.  I like that is has a garden on the top.  I think this is something we could actually build quickly too.

Green Roof Chicken CoopVia

What do you think?  Those of you with chickens, I am begging for your opinions and advice.  What do you all think we should do for a coop?  Am I out of my head?

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  • Ainhoa

    I like the second option the best, but maybe you could compromise and build the third one… and paint it/stain it a darkish gray like your two inspiration pics?

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I like 2 and 3. I know that doesn’t help at all. But I think Aaron’s idea might be better for your yard. Especially because for resale- you don’t know if someone else is going to want a giant chicken coop (when you guys decide to move)

  • There was a really awesome chicken coop in dIY magazine (do you subscribe to it?? if not you’re missing out big time) that was really cool. I like yours and Aaron’s ideas honestly, I dont know what I would choose if i had the option!

    • Kenz

      Shooooooot, I should really subscribe to is! I HATE missing out. I need to see said chicken coop. Send me a picture! Deciding on a coop is almost as hard as house hunting, lol.

  • Katie Bradshaw

    The 2nd is my favorite! But with Aarons I love that is has a little ramp & outdoor section, like a little condo for the ladies 😉

    • Kenz

      I like the 2nd one too. It’s just fun! I think we could make it match our house too. I think no matter what, we’re going to have a little outdoor section. You know, keeping the ladies as comfortable as possible.

  • I’m in love with the first- but I think the 2nd is my favorite “realistic” favorite.

    • Kenz

      I’m in love with the first too. And everyone says it’s not realistic. But I want to prove everyone wrong!

  • Paige Swarbrick

    I think it’s a waste of time to do something you’re not going to like, BUT, I think you could probably do a mix of the last two and it would be really awesome 🙂

    • Kenz

      I think you are EXACTLY right!

  • Lura

    AWWW! So cute! I wish our HOA would let us have livestock…I want a pig (for a pet) and some chickens for some yummy eggs.

    • Kenz

      Hi Lura! Oh man, I want a big so bad. But I REALLY want a goat! Aaron keeps saying no. Haha. I’m lucky I even HAVE chickens!

      • andrea @

        my best friend and her hubby want goats….bad!!!! it’s kinda funny. and i’m glad…because i’m not a barnyard farmer type. they also want chickens, which has been fun to think of coop designs. i like all three of your choices! i think i like the industrial look of the 2nd one though. =)

        • Kenz

          haha, I don’t even know why I want to have a goat, or why I have this sudden farming urge. I am genetically disposed to be spontaneous Thanks for your opinions!!

  • Kenz

    You are so right. Something less permanent might be the best for resale. I didn’t even think about that. Damn you Emma for killing my dreams!

  • Kenz

    Hi Ainhoa! Good to meet you! I think combining elements is a good idea. No matter what, I WANT it to look stylish. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • A couple of those look like things I have seen adapted from old (often free/cheap on ksl/craigslist) entertainment centers.

    For example- this moment- FREE: If you took that, made more weatherproof, perhaps added ramps/perches and added chicken wire….

    • Kenz

      Amber, that is an AMAZING idea! I never even thought of that! You are a creative genius. I need to get on that!

  • Gretchen

    Aww…they’re hitting that awkward fluff gone/feathers coming in phase! I miss chickens! Have I mentioned that? I will have some again in no time if you keep posting pictures. Which I suspect you will ;).

    Let’s see….are your chooks going to free range or will they be in the coop all day? Ours had the run of the yard during the day and were only locked up at night (or when we went out of town), so we could have gotten away with a much smaller coop than we had. And, of course, it doesn’t get as cold here, so we didn’t have to think about that too much (their pen was under our deck, and we put a tarp on the exposed side to block the wind, but other than that they were out in the open; if it got under 20 or so we’d put a heat lamp on for the night). Anyway, if they’re going to be in there all the time, I’d do a small hutch and a big area for the outdoor run. If they’re going to have the run of the yard during the day, I’d focus on a pretty hutch and a small outdoor run for when you need to keep them in all day for whatever reason.

    • Kenz

      Oh that is SOLID advice Gretchen! So, we’re going to let them be free range when we’re home, so in the evenings pretty much, since we both work full time at the moment. So we want their coop big enough that they are comfortable during the day. And, YOU NEED TO GET CHICKENS! So we can be chickie buddies 🙂

      • Gretchen

        Have you noticed that I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, and FOUR kids already? DH would not be happy if he knew you were encouraging me to bring MORE live things into our household 😉 I’m sure we’ll have them again someday, though–they’re hard to resist (the line between our city and the next one over is literally in our backyard….it was not a dealbreaker, but we were looking in both, and were really happy we wound up finding a house in our city, because the one next door doesn’t allow chickens).

        • Kenz

          lol, you definitely have quite the boxy farm going on over there! I’m so happy your city allows for chickens. I’m convinced that one day you’ll have them. And you can make your boys do the chicken chores for you!

  • anne

    between you and DIY Diva I am starting to want chickens. They look so darn cute. Speaking of DIY Diva do the coop her way. Build realistic and quick and then go grand just build two coops. Problem solved 🙂 Glad I could help

    • Kenz

      Hi Anne! I know, right?! I love Kit so hard. She’s great. I love that she’s building 2 coops. Unlike her, I don’t happen to live on a farm-sized lot to build 2 coops on. We are a small lot in a big city! Thanks for stopping by, Anne. You’re great!

  • I have never had chickens but does it count that I have 4 children?? I like the first one! I think it totally fits your personality! I say prove them wrong. Maybe not so big but you can totally pull it off. I believe in you!! I still need to come bring my little chickens over to see your little chickens!! Is that a date?? I finished my project but I think it needs another coat of paint. I will have to show you the pics or come see it! Anyway whatever you decide with your little chicks it will be as amazing as you are!!!!

    • Kenz

      Text me pictures of your bed! I want to see! I’m proud of you!!! Have fun on your vacation, and when you get back, it’s a chicken date 🙂 love you!

  • Heidi Selover

    So I’ve avoided commenting on the chickens, because chickens are my biggest fear. I know, this is a problem. It was bound to come out sometime.Can we still be friends? That being said, the second one is my favorite. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Of course we can still be friends 🙂 And I swear to never make you do chicken chores when you live with us. I’ll only cook you the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had.

    • I grew up with chickens – and I want them – and yet I’m stil a teensy bit afraid of them. I think it’s normal. They sometimes get weird looks in their eyes and it makes me quiver a bit. Also… they have tiny little ice picks on their faces. That’s terrifying.

      • Kenz

        haha. Let’s be completely honest, I get scared every time I have to reach in and pick one up to move it, when I do my chicken chores. I keep hoping one of these days I won’t be afraid of reaching in their bin.

        • I was always a teensy bit afraid when I had to reach under a bird to take her eggs. Honestly… half the time I wore gloves. It gave me super powers against chickens. I highly recommend it.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Oh those young’ngs… they grow up so fast. Treasure every moment 🙂 I am. I hit “like” on all the ones I liked. I have to say your selection is my favorite selection out of the ones I liked.

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks Katja! I really appreciate your input! They really do grow so fast! Every morning when I check on them, they have grown. It’s crazy 🙂

  • Rachel

    Chickens are messy and gross! They smell bad, poop every where and can cause you a bug problem if you aren’t cleaning the coop regularly I would personally try and build something with elements from all 3, lots of indoor space to keep them warm in the winter and keep their mess maintained but enough confined outdoor area to keep them happy and active. If I had to pick based on looks alone, I would totally pick #1. Be a good chicken mamma and you shouldn’t have any problems.

    • Kenz

      I am trying really hard to be a good chicken mama. I do my chicken chores every day! I want to give them the best coop possible. Thanks for your input Miss Rachel!

  • Your chickens need the Taj Mahal of chicken mansions. Go big or go home.

    • Kenz

      Amen. Thanks for enabling me 🙂

  • Look at those adorable (and yet – kind of ugly?) little chickies that you’ve got living with you. I love Karen’s coop (I read The Art of Doing Stuff religiously) and she’s a great resource for backyard chicken farming. Have you seen this one?

    LOVE it. Would die to have it in my back yard. Tell me what you think!

    • Kenz

      Oh my gosh, I LOVVVVVVVVVVE that. Like love love love. Now, do you think I can sell Aaron on it? Slash, do you think I could follow those plans? Haha… I’m slightly challenged.

      • You’re not challenged! I’M challenged. You’re a DIY goddess! I’m sure you could do it…. but yeah, having the hubster on board is a pretty important part of the game. Also, the link above (Kit and Traci?) is pretty awesome too. But still… I love the Chez Poulet. 🙂

  • Tracie O’Brien

    I am sure you have been inundated by a slew of links for coops – LOL so here’s another one.
    I am amazed by how many of the blogs I read have started getting baby chicks and are wanting to build a coop. Is everyone trying to tell me something. Hmm?! Two other blogs off the top of my head are Kit @ DIYDiva (she cracks me up) and Traci @ Beneath My Heart. Can’t wait to see yours

    • Kenz

      Hi Tracie! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love being inundated with coops. I actually REALLY REALLY love this. It doesn’t look overly complex to build. I LOVE Kit and Traci. I love all the internet chicken support out there 🙂

  • Whitness

    We got 5 chickens last year and built the coop from Ours aren’t generally free range (we let them out for a little while each day, but mostly they’re in the coop) and they seem happy in there. It’s also nice to be able to actually stand up in the coop.

    • Kenz

      That’s a good looking coop! Thanks for the idea 🙂

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