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Some are fancy and some are recycled, but all of these chicken coops built by our readers are home to some pretty lucky chickens!
  • Happy birthday!

    This cute little coop was a birthday gift for "Boltsjn1" from her husband. He built it to house her six new chickens. It features a screened-in area that allows the free-range birds to go outside when they're confined to the coop. The front door was cut in half to make a Dutch door with a screen to allow the breeze to come in. Inside, there are seven nesting boxes and two 4-foot roosting poles.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Wild West

    "Twilder5" shared this photo of her under-construction chicken coop. Her husband is designing the coop to look like an Old West saloon. Here's a shot of the covered boardwalk.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Two by two

    Camden's "Catawba chicken ark" features a triangular design with removable sides. The tops of the ends are also removable. Inside this mini coop, there's a roosting pole and nesting boxes. The bottom is open to allow the chickens to graze in the grass.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Country morning

    This reader built a chicken coop alongside the old smoke shed, under the shade of a pecan tree. There's a fenced-in area behind the buildings, but the chickens are allowed to roam in the yard as well.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • "I promise I won't hurt them"

    The Church family spent less than $100 to turn an old shed into a backyard coop. There's still room inside for the guard dog to sit and watch over his flock.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Fenced in

    M. Clouse enclosed this chicken coop and yard with a tall fence to keep the birds in and protect them from predators. The coop houses about 30 chickens, which were purchased as chicks 6 months ago.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Nothing fancy

    When it comes to nest boxes inside the coop, fancier isn't always better. This hen is perfectly happy sitting on her eggs inside an old drawer.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Self-contained coop

    Andrew Shook's chicken coop is 4'x8', and 8' tall, but the house itself is 2'x4', 6' tall. The feeder and water dispenser are located in the 2' high space under the house. A ramp leads into the house, which has a window on each side and an opening to collect eggs from the outside. The entire chicken yard is enclosed with wire and covered to protect birds from the elements and predators.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Coop de Ville

    Sisters Keala and Coleen looked at pre-made coops, but decided to build their own. They spent about the same amount of money, but the result was a very personalized coop complete with plumbing and electricity, a covered porch, and an interior painted with murals.<P>

    See <a href="http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/animals/poultry/chicken-coop-de-ville/" target="new">more photos</a> of the construction project and finished coop.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Chicken mansion

    Kevin Davis built a sloped roost inside his chicken coop. It's completely enclosed with chicken wire to keep the birds out of the mess. Note the door underneath the roost -- it flips open from the outside for easy cleaning without disturbing the chickens. "I think that 90% of the mess is collected in the sand beneath the roost," Davis says. Similar doors behind the nest boxes make egg collection a snap.<P>

    Browse <a href="http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/animals/poultry/chicken-coop/" target="new">more photos</a> of this spectacular chicken coop, complete with predator-proof run.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Camper coop

    Lorraine Keegan purchased an old pop-up camper for $100, sold the awning for $75, and she and her husband used items they already had to transform the old camper into a $25 coop for their chickens and ducks. <P>

    See more <a href="http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/country-homes/going-green/your-green... target="new">photos</a> of the camper coop and get more great recycling ideas from our readers.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Safe in the coop

    Beloved children's author Jan Brett keeps her chickens and ducks inside their coop all but an hour a day, when she's nearby doing chores. They aren't exactly cooped up inside their coop, though. They have plenty of room and get lots of pampering from Brett. "They like to be washed and blown dry," she says. "I enjoy the nurturing."<P>

    Meet <a href="http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/animals/poultry/jan-bretts-chickens/" target="new">Jan Brett's chickens</a> and see more photos of their coop.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
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    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
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