Cheep Cheep: Chicken Houses

A conversation with a friend this weekend reminded me how much I would like to have chickens someday.  We have a nice yard in this home, and there are actually relics of a chicken house from the 20’s in our backyard.  My friend was telling me about araucana chickens, aren’t they stately looking for a chicken?

Why are these chickens special?  They lay blue eggs!  (and yes, you can still eat them, and they taste the same)  The picture below shows what one of their eggs looks like against regular brown eggs.

Which of course, led me to taking a gander at some pretty chicken homes.  And yes, I say “homes” because some of these are nicer than our first house.  It’s amazing how architecturally beautiful a chicken coop can look!

An old shed that has been revamped can make a nice pad for some chickens.

southern living

This one is another old shed gone rustic glam.

kathy & ed fries' home

kathu & ed fries’ home

You can get the plans for this shed-turned-coop and read all about it here.

ana white homemaker

ana white homemaker

You can even use an old chest of drawers!

Tumblr - Benjamin Stein

Tumblr – Benjamin Stein

If you like a more modern look, you can go with one of these!  Chicken coops don’t have to look “old farmhouse” all the time!  Read all about the one pictured below here.

the art of doing stuff

the art of doing stuff

This one has a living roof to help regulate its temperature!  I love how they used reclaimed wood for siding, too.

You don’t need a lot of space to have chickens.   This industrial chic coop’s footprint is small!



These are just pretty, sigh.  Yes, I’m still talking about habitats for chickens, ha.

White picket fence?  Too cute!  Seen here.

one tree photography

brooke gianetti - velvet & linen

brooke gianetti – velvet & linen

Holy cow, it’s a chinoiserie chicken coop!

grasshoppers interiors

grasshoppers interiors

This owner calls her chicken home “Pemberley” and named her chickens Elizabeth, Jane, and Mr. Darcy!  Hilarious, and I wish I had thought of it first.

backyard chickens

backyard chickens

You can purchase this mobile chicken coop (a terrific option if you plan to move) from Williams Sonoma.  It comes in red and green.

williams sonoma

williams sonoma

williams sonoma

williams sonoma

These are my two favorites.  I like them so much, I kind of want to move in with the chickens.

This one is from Backyard Chickens also.

backyard chickens

You can buy the plans for this gorgeous coop and see more photos here.

heather bullard

heather bullard

What do you think about having a chicken coop on your backyard?  Have you ever owned chickens and have any tips for me?

Written by Grace

12 Responses to “Cheep Cheep: Chicken Houses”

  1. Tiffany April 8, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Funny! This is the second chicken coop post I’ve read by a blogger recently. Makes me want to get a bit of land and some chickens of my own! Also, I found my own butterfly taxidermy find over at Home Sense (the Canadian Home Goods). I posted about it today and shouted out to you! Thanks for keeping my eyes peeled. xo

    • Grace April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Tiffany, I guess spring makes us think of all things outdoors! Ahhh! I’m so glad you found one! I’ve been looking for more of them every time I’ve gone back and nothing so far! Can’t wait to hop on over and get a look at yours! Yay! Thanks so much for sharing that with me! G

  2. Shalene April 8, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I cannot tell you how much I would like to have chickens! Unfortunately the HOAs in our current house and where we will be building don’t allow them. Silly HOAs! Love that blue egg. The CCBC family I buy my milk and eggs from must have a few of those chickens, because I frequently get a blue egg or two.

    • Grace April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Shalene, OH NO!! That seems so silly to me. I wonder why not?? I will tell you, I have heard of people petitioning their HOA’s about this very topic and getting approval. Maybe you could try that? I can understand why people would not want roosters, but chickens?? I seriously heart those blue eggs, but they may be a problem for me since I will just want to stare at them and keep them to look pretty, ha! xoxo, G

  3. Bridget April 8, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Haha! I had no desire to keep chickens until seeing these lovely chicken habitats! Now you’ve got me wondering if they’d be allowed where we live and if I could convince my husband that we need them 🙂

    • Grace April 8, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Bridget, I love it! Hope you get husband and city approval. 😉 Let me know how it goes! Thanks for reading and commenting! G

  4. Erin April 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Ok, I LOVE this. My husband and I keep fantasizing about the day we’ll have enough space for chickens. What a fabulous line-up of how to make a chic coop!

  5. Grace April 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Erin, I’m so glad this was helpful and inspired you! I love them, too! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. G

  6. Brian April 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    We have 5 chickens in a small backyard (4 Silkies, 1 Favarolle), we love them. Our chicken run is not near as cute as the pictures, but the way our backyard is set, you don’t know we have them unless they are out. They are surprisingly low maintenance and our girls love them.

    • Grace April 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

      Brian! I knew you guys had some, I would love to come over and take a look. Maybe one will lay a golden egg for me? 😉 Thank you so much for commenting! G

  7. Elizabeth April 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Just saw a similar post on Pure Style Home. So glad that our desire to simplfy things (farmers’ milk and eggs, owning chickens) is so popular that we can take time to make it pretty!

    • Grace April 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

      Elizabeth, I wholeheartedly agree! I think we have a new generation of people that are realizing bigger & faster is not always better. Finding a balance between what we can do and what is best for us is key. I hope I can teach my children to appreciate the beauty of making things simple and the benefits of the hard work it takes to get a product that is truly valuable and of quality. A long-winded reply to your simple and well-spoken comment, I realize. 😉 Thank you so much for reading! G