Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Urban Chicks

I know I talk a lot about things from a rural perspective, but can I take just a minute to encourage all you urban dwellers that homesteading can be done in the city as well? Including raising chickens? You would need to check your city ordinances, but assuming they allow poultry, look at what you can do in a small space!


Photo Credit: Homestead Revival™

The photo above was taken in Santa Barbara, right down town in the back of one of my favorite shops Rooms and Gardens. I try to visit every time I get over there so I can take in this wonderful tiny garden. Literally surrounded by four brick buildings, it gets only a small bit of direct sunlight, but using plants that have low light requirements creates this serene setting for a small hen house and area for the birds to scratch in the dirt and stretch their legs. 

Photo Credit: Homestead Revival™

Check out this coop! Who thinks of these things? Seriously, I would have never thought to turn a chest of drawers into a chicken coop, but I love it! Kind of makes me think of Alice In Wonderland for some reason. Just let your imagination run wild with this one!

Used With Permission: BenjaminSte.in 

This is a great compact coop for your city hens. I actually purchased this set up plans and was going to build this coop until I started adding more chickens. But if you're just going to keep a few in a small space, this coop is big on charm and makes good use of a small footprint. 

Photo Credit: Isthmus Handyman 

Here's another urban coop that has made good use of land space by keeping it right up next to a fence. this leaves the bulk of the yard for other activities and needs while giving the hens a front row seat to all the action!

Photo Credit: aeheck

Perhaps you live in an upscale neighborhood and need more class for your hens to quietly "fit in" and be accepted. Consider one of these two chicken digs. With a coop like this, your neighbors will want more than just eggs; they'll want the grand tour!

Photo Credit: Backyard Chickens

And Heather Bullard's coop comes with all the amenities. Click the link under her photo and you can tour the entire thing right from your chair! 

Used With Permission: HeatherBullard.com

No dresser to recycle? No building skills? Try an Eglu by Omlet. They have several models to choose from and it's just right for a couple of layers. And if you think you might move, this would certainly be more practical. In fact, if you think you might want to move it around the yard, this is the one.

Photo: Omlet

Now it's your turn...

Send me your urban coop pictures so I can share them with other readers. I'll be accepting photos until Sunday evening, November 14th. Just email me at homesteadrevival at sbcglobal dot net and I'll do the rest. Be sure to include your name and city as well as any blog or web address that you would like me to include. 

Need some support for your venture in urban chicken keeping? Check out Urban Chickens Network  or Urban Chickens.

Let me hear from you!

  

22 comments:

  1. Fantastic post! I love my chicken coop and the run that we had built for them. I wrote about it here on my blog, feel free to use the pictures if you like!

    I used to live in the suburbs, we had a smaller version of the current coop I have that was built by Mobile Chicken Coops(.com). I love his coop designs and he sells them designs only or in full kits too! We had them fenced in the backyard with electric poultry netting and I would move the fencing every couple months to a different section for them to mow. (It wasn't that big of a yard though)

    Now that we're out in the country, we've got plans to make pasture and potentially rotationally graze them in a broiler pen ala mobilechickencoops.com or perhaps one like I saw at another farm recently made out of cattle panels, 2x6s and some tarp. I figure I should start on fencing first.

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  2. What incredible looking chicken coops...my dh is going to love these ideas.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh my goodness...they are so clever :)

    Right now, we have decided not to raise chickens. We have a large garage that serves as our storage...maybe down the road, we can turn it into something else ;)

    M.

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  4. Wow! After seeing those amazing coops there's NO WAY I would send you a picture of my shabby thing. We took a storage building and converted it into a coop. It works great. Love your examples. It's inspiring. Lisa~

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  5. Sure! This 'Urban Chick" brought home her first chicken a week ago - a Buff Brahma Bantam hen. No coop to show. She will live in a large, repurposed rabbit cage. I plan to come up with a 'chicken tractor' she can go into when she is outside. City chickens are legal where I live, but the townhouse association? That's another story.....

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  6. I love that chest of drawers, also. Too cute. I really like all of these ideas but I just ordered 25 more chicks and will be building a much larger coop very soon.

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  7. Lisa, don't be shy! We'd love to see your coop. Besides, everyone needs to see that they CAN do this!! These pretties were just meant to inspire the reluctant. My first one looked like a dog house and it worked well until we outgrew it. (Chickens are like potato chips... you can't have just one!)

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  8. I'm looking for thrifty ways to build a coop. My son and I are looking forward to building one that will house 3-5 chickens this winter. I can't wait to see the pictures you post.

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    1. We built ours out of wood pallets gotten for free, it's just a cube w a door. we did line it w chicken wire to protect from critters.

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  9. Those are just incredible! Our coop was already part of the barn. I love the dresser idea, how frugal and fun!

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  10. Love the dresser idea-how cute! We bought a small coop and then built framing and supports in order to elevate it off the ground. We also constructed an attached run as well as a ramp. I just have 3 hens and 1 roo and the arrangement works fine but now my problem is that I want more chickens and need a bigger coop :)

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  11. That dresser is an awesome idea! It's amazing what ideas people come up with!

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  12. Fantastic!!! Great post and great pictures, very inspiring. I love the dresser coop!

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  13. Great job putting all those hen houses in one post, thank you! I linked this to my chicken coops project post too, for inspiration!

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  14. Ah, man, I totally missed this the first time around, but I'm so glad I've found your blog now. Better late than never.

    Here's my urban coop: it houses 7 hens in an aviary-style walk in coop. We do the Urban Homestead thing about 20 minutes north of Seattle, and I write about gardening, living slowish, chickens and more at Northwest Edible Life.

    Here are a few of my posts about our coop, with lots of pictures:
    http://www.nwedible.com/2011/06/chicken-coop-is-doneenough.html
    http://www.nwedible.com/2011/09/coop-improvement-projects.html

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  15. I love these coops. We are inheriting a coop this week and I'm excited about becoming a Chicken Mama. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement you offer on your blog. I've recently discovered it and plan to visit regularly.

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  16. I know this is an old post, but, when I saw the coop in Santa Barbara, I got excited.... I've been there, and I fell in love with everything about this little garden, including the chickens. Beautiful big Buff Orpingtons... Came home begging my husband to want chickens as badly as I wanted them. After doing some research, I realized it wasn't a good idea for our situation, but ohhhhh soooo cute....

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  17. Hi. I've had my girls just two weeks and found my first egg today and I'm brimming with pride. I have an Eglu and 3 plain (but very pretty) brown ones and they settled in really quickly in their new coop and run. We only have a 5 x 4 mtr grassed area with some adjoining paving and decking and a bag of soil which they love bathing in. I cant believe we have chickens at last and loving it.

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    1. Woo Hoo! Congratulations!! Enjoy your new flock of hens!

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  18. The sixth photo of the white coop that you didn't know the source of is from a user on backyardchickens.com. Here's the link to more photos and info on it: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/beautiful-chicken-coop-from-be-collective

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    1. Excellent! Thank you, Jason. I'm updating my link right now.

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  19. My husband and I are planning to raise chickens next year. You gave us some great ideas. Thanks for posting!

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