Chicken Coop Designs of All Types

by Seasonal Wisdom on November 9, 2011

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Raising chickens at home is a popular trend taking the United States by a storm.  Americans are housing these chickens in a wide range of chicken coop designs, from contemporary to colorful vintage. Here are five cute chicken coops worth a look. Photo copyright Teresa O’Connor

Vintage chicken coop

Vintage-style chicken coop. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

This chalet style coop was part of Boise’s 2011 Tour de Coop, an annual event that showcases backyard chicken coops of all types. The charming coop (shown above) features a solar light, vintage details, fun signage and plenty of color.

Chicken coop with vintage signs

Colorful chicken coop is full of charm. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

orange, yellow and red paint on chicken coop

Vintage art and bright colors adorn this unique chicken coop. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

A homemade sign lists all the lucky chickens who live here. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

The second stop on this tour is across town. The charming coop is a small, but efficient space, which couldn’t look more different than the first coop.

chicken coop built by owner

Simple, but efficient coop design. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

The owner built this cute chicken coop from scratch, using plans available at

The lucky chickens who get to live here include Belgium Golden Campine, Gold Laced Wyandotte and Rhode Island Reds.

Decoration for a chicken coop

Chicken artwork adorns this coop. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

This coop owner produces everything from fresh eggs to delicious honey in his backyard. Not far from the chicken coop are two apiaries maintained by the owner. These bee hives provide plenty of fresh honey for the family.

apiaries in backyard

Two apiaries are located near the chicken coop. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

The third chicken coop on this blog tour was also built by scratch by the owners. Taking up only a small amount of space in their suburban backyard, this little coop has everything a chicken could want.

contemporary chicken coop

This homemade coop has contemporary styling. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

artistic chicken coops

A handmade stained glass window shines light here. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.


chicken motif on stained glass

A chicken adorns this handcrafted stained glass. Photo copyright Brenda Thompson.

Chickens make great pets.

The owner shows off her pretty Polish chicken. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

chicken species

This Polish chicken is a real cutie. Photo copyright Brenda Thompson.

The fourth chicken coop on this tour wasn’t built by the owner. Instead, she ordered a custom-built chicken coop from a Boise firm called For The Birds Chicken Coops.

Built by For The Birds Chicken Coops

This coop was custom-built for the owner. Photo copyright Brenda Thompson.

Different spaces for chickens

Behind the hollyhocks is a back porch for the chickens. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.

screened porch for chickens

The back porch gives chickens another space to roam. Photo copyright Teresa O'Connor.


Golden Sex-Link chickens live happily here. Photo copyright Brenda Thompson.

chicken nest with egg

A sensible design makes eggs easy to gather. Photo copyright Brenda Thompson.

The last stop on this tour is actually located in Eugene, Oregon. But as you’ll see below, this chicken coop is certainly worth the trip.

A contemporary chicken coop accents this garden. Photo copyright Jayme Jenkins.

Some very happy chickens are living in this handcrafted coop in Oregon, built by Jayme Jenkins, my Nest In Style partner.

When Jayme isn’t keeping chickens, she’s busy with her uber-cool online store aHa! Modern Living. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

wood chicken coop and chickens
This attractive coop is homemade. Photo copyright Jayme Jenkins.

Form follows function in this chicken coop. The design is as practical as it is attractive.

chickens in coop

Chickens live well here. Photo copyright Jayme Jenkins.

Jayme’s four chickens are all different. “Blackie is a Black Australorp and Patches is a Welsummer,” she explains. “While Betty is a Buff Orpington, and Squeak is a Silver-laced Wyandotte.”

homemade chicken coop
Lots of room to wander in this coop. Photo copyright Jayme Jenkins.

From cute chalets to clean contemporary coops, there’s a wide range of chicken coop designs out there. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it.  So, have fun while you’re looking.

Do you have a backyard chicken coop? We want to see it at Seasonal Wisdom’s Facebook page.

Learn More:


Boise Tour de Coop

Chicken Coop Plans & Designs

Raising Chickens at Home


Victoria November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Nice post. Love that chalet style coop! The sign with the hens’ names is adorable too.

Teresa O'Connor November 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Thanks, Victoria. Isn’t that chalet coop really cute? Those chickens are living very well. Hope your own chickens are happy in this fall weather. All best, Teresa

Jayme November 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

Wow! The detail on some of those coops is amazing. Thanks for including my coop design in your blog post. I had a lot of fun building it.

Teresa O'Connor November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hi Jayme:

Thanks for participating in this blog post. I love your contemporary chicken coop. Those are definitely happy chickens living there.


Jenny Peterson November 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Love this! I’m planning on chickens in the new year, and I’m researching coop designs right now–perfect timing! I love Jayme’s cool contemporary design–maybe I’ll rock that one. 😉

Teresa O'Connor November 14, 2011 at 11:19 am

I know! It’s great that no matter what type of chicken coop you want, there’s a design out there. Good luck with your coop, and thanks for stopping by. Teresa

Theresa November 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I love the walk in coops. When I redo my coop in the future, I will be making it a walk in style. So easy to clean! Thanks for the coop inspiration!

Teresa O'Connor November 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

Theresa: That’s good feedback, especially from someone who also has a very cute chicken coop. I guess that’s the key thing to remember for us newbies. Make your chicken coop not just attractive, but easy to maintain and clean too. Thanks for your visit. Teresa

Ethel Ealson November 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

Wonderful coops. I should send you a pic of mine. It was featured in Backyard Poultry Magazine a couple issues ago. My girls love it, and we were able to use some items, like our old front door, and old kitchen window.

Teresa O'Connor November 15, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks, Ethel. Would it be possible to have you post a picture on my Facebook page? I’d love to share it there … it’s Your chicken coop sounds like a beauty, and I love the idea of using old windows and doors in the design. Appreciate your stopping by! Teresa

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