I’ve never been a reader of shelter magazines. I can certainly appreciate the lovely homes, the high-end kitchens, and the innovative décor, but stories of people who have more money and better taste than I do can only hold my attention for so long before I pick up my issue of Shack Quarterly or The Sticks.

When your house is just barely good enough to let your friends inside it, you don’t aspire to Architectural Digest.

But I am here to report that my husband has scored a design coup of Architectural Digest proportions. His chicken coop is featured on! In the hayseed set, that’s as good as it gets.

Those of you who were following this space last year got the blow-by-blow of coop design and construction. Those of you who weren’t can see a recap here.

If you have a minute, take a look at Bob Vila’s gallery of chicken coops – we’re number ten out of eleven. The text gives me more credit than I deserve; Kevin did most of both the design and construction. I butted in here and there, went with him to the lumberyard, and did the part of the roof that has two huge bumps where the shingles aren’t staggered properly.

The chickens, luckily, don’t seem to mind.

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  1. Congratulations, Kevin, on a well-deserved honor. It’s not for nothing we’ve always called it the Chicken Taj Mahal.

  2. Actually, I thought it was pretty lux when I first saw it, and think it’s probably the best design I’ve seen. Which is why I wanted to know if you had plans.

    Anyway, when I get around to building one for next year, I plan on copying copiously.

  3. Congratulations on your coup de coop! Lookspretty good to me. When I was keeping chickens (several years ago, now) I built them a ‘tractor’ or portable run. It worked, but chickens are a daily task and some people (esp. those I love and live with) found large birds frightening. So, I got rid of the chickens and started keeping honey bees. Not as messy, not as needy, and keeps most sales people or proselytizers at the road. Sure do miss the eggs though. Maybe I will revisit the issue later.

  4. Mom — Thanks!

    Paula — When the time comes to build, we’ll talk. I can take you through the coop design, and you’re welcome to copy it wholesale. Imitation, after all, is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Greg — Sorry to hear that you had to give up your chickens. We haven’t yet encountered anyone who’s found our chickens frightening. Little children are a little intimidated, at first, but their curiosity gets the better of them after a while. We’ve found that bees and chickens coexist peacefully.

    • I was wondering if the bees and chickens were a good mix. I am sure chickens know what to do with bees, but I was not sure if the bees were enthusiastic about being lunch. Maybe if te birds do not have access to the hives? mmmmm….more thought required. I do miss the fresh eggs.

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