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6 Crazy Chicken Coop Designs

These creative chicken coops, meant to house four hens, were designed by students in the architecture program at Iowa State University.
  • Ruffled Retreat Coop

    Students based their design on an egg, which inspired rounded corners. Many windows provide the chickens with plenty of fresh air, says Cole Davis.

    See all 20 chicken coops here.

    Designers: Mackenzie Barton, Cheng Zhang, Zack Werba, Cole Davis


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    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Ruffled Retreat Coop - ramp

    "It has all the accomodations a chicken needs," says Zack Werba. "It has a free range run, a roosting post, and a nesting box." The coop is also elevated to protect from predators, Davis says.

     

     

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Tree Hugger Chicken Coop

    Designers believed their coop would be most successful if it could react more naturally with the environment. To do this, they created a coop that fits around any tree up to 16 inches in diameter. 

    Designers: Hannah Hillyard, Nicole Harrison, Yutao Hu, Kerrick McCann

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Tree Hugger Chicken Coop - 3 levels

    Three levels are available to chickens, which includes the run on the bottom level. The coop has a cinching roof, as well. "The tree itself provides more shelter for the coop," says Nicole Harrison. "The chickens also get to experience different levels on the different floors, so they can interact with the tree."

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • The Chick-Inn Coop

    This decadent coop is complete with house numbers, wind chimes, and a sizable run. Its designers describe the coop as "the ultimate bed and breakfast." The chickens get the bed, and provide owners with the breakfast. 

    Designers: Nicole Brissette, Zejon Li, Ahmed Alothman, Joel Lanus

     

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • The Chick-Inn Coop - interior

    "We made this house to act as an actual home," says Joel Lanus. The chicken coop has operating windows, solar lights, hardwood floors, crown molding, wall decorations, siding, and shingles.

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Egg Oak Chicken Coop

    This chicken coops' white exterior looks like and has the texture of tree bark. "We chose this design to blend in with the environment," says Bethanie Jones. "When it came time to paint, we didn't want to make it too literal. That's why we went with white instead of your average tree brown."

    Student designers: Bethanie Jones, Kendra Kock, Rebecca Schodin, Michael Havel

     

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Egg Oak Coop - interior

    The coop is heavily insulated to keep chickens warm, but has a removable roof and windows that can be opened and closed for plenty of ventilation. It also has multiple floors to create ample space for chickens. "It's easily accessible for people, too," says Kendra Kock. "We included portable trays for droppings and a storage area."

     

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Icosa Chicken Coop

    This unique chicken coop is named after its shape, the icosa. It was created to include the user and their preferences, since it can be expanded for a larger number of chickens. "It allows for easy expansion if you should need more chickens, and it's separated by different living spaces," says Karl Polley.

    Designers: Liza Walling, Erin Hunt, Karl Polley, Weijie Li, Xiaowuan Zhang

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Icosa Chicken Coop - insulation

    "Because of the unusual shape, we had to think more about safety," says Liza Walling. "It has several layers of insulation and is very waterproof."

     

     

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Diagonal Chicken Coop

    Designers chose this diagonal structure to help separate spaces for sleep and roaming. Elevated portions of the coop were created as sleeping and laying quarters. The more open bottom portion of the coop is directly connected to the ground and is meant to be used for roaming. 

    Designers: Rob Lawrence, Belma Mehic, Alicia Pierce, Amro Osman

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013
  • Diagonal Chicken Coop - roof

    A sturdy roof covers a section of the coop to protect chickens, but there are also parts of the coop that have plenty of access to natural sunlight. Ventilated walls were used in the public areas of the coop to allow for airflow. As for colors, designer Belma Mehic says, "These colors could fit in any backyard, but we made the coop for more of an urban setting."

    See all 20 chicken coops here.

    Date Published: October 28, 2013
    Date Updated: December 4, 2013

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