Friday, March 25, 2011

More Coops To Love!

My heart swoons for beautiful chicken coops. And although the Hen Hilton is built, it's not quite "finished". So I'm always looking at photos for a little inspiration...

The picket fence it this is darling, but... my girls would fly right over and I don't want to clip their wings. Love that vine and the dainty sized windows!


Red is always a favorite and I love metal roofing!


Definitely has garden charm.



This coop is close to mine on color, and I really like the shrubs in the area.




Oh, the shutters and screen door. And boxwoods! I love boxwoods! Planning to add some to my area for sure!




Hmmm... window boxes, good. Dog? Is he there for keeping them in or out?



I don't know; it's just cute!


Wow... wow. I think it's the crown molding and all those sunflowers and zinnias that send it over the top. Could be the copula.


Charming, charming, charming. Just like a miniature little cottage!




The rustic siding and green windows are probably more my style. Love the pathway up to the coop. I'm planning on a pathway of crushed granite up to mine.




This makes me think of a secret cottage; a place of it's own. As a kid, I'd be all over this one!




Smart on style and structure. And neat as a pin! I'm thinking shutters, maybe?




Oh, this one!! Simple and yet so very charming. (How many times have I used that word in this post so far? Anyone counting?) I love that it's all one color except for the roof. I wonder what the Hen Hilton would look like with an apron around the facia like that? I guess I'm going to have to pick and choose.



And my all time favorite? It still hasn't changed. I adore these roses cascading over the side of this coop! I just picked up a yellow Lady Banks Rose for the Hen Hilton. Now I just need one other climbing variety (preferably a white rose) that will flower all summer so I can mix it in and have beautiful blossoms from spring right on through summer. Any suggestions?


Did you now that if you live in Houston, Texas you can have up to 7 chickens on your property if you have a permit? You won't believe what is required for that permit. No, you'll never guess, so I'll tell you...

You need a doctor's order stating that you need to eat fresh chicken eggs. Yep. I really read that.

{Smile.}
                                                                                              *All photos courtesy of Pinterest!






60 comments:

  1. Those are so unique! Love them all :) I just got hens and a hen house about 3 weeks ago. After looking at these, I have decided to add window boxes for flowers too :) Here is mine.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/JanaD/100_2574-1.jpg

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  2. Love all your chicken coops! Makes me want to have chickens, but I live in a city that I'm sure would not allow it. Plus I have neighborhood cats coming in my yard all the time and 2 of my own, my daughter's dog that visits way too often and resident racoons.
    Cindy

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  3. I always envisioned a sunflower bed surrounding my coop full of drooping heads that I would give to the gals to feast on but silly, short-sighted ladies that they are, they would always settle for that one seed rather than wait for the feast in the fall.

    Those are some lovely, lovely coops! Almost too pretty to let hens leave droppings in ;D

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  4. Those coops are adorable. Makes me want to get chickens.

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  5. These coops are darling and some really look like playhouses!

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  6. Wow! I love to see the creativity and the different ideas people have! I need to spruce up the outside of our chicken coop. Hmmm, a cottage style garden maybe? Now, you've got me thinking...

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  7. A very interesting post! I had no idea people were so creative with chicken coops, but they're really cute.

    As far as the crushed granite, maybe you should consider crushed oyster shells. They're durable, and when the chickens happen to eat any of that material, it is supposed to make their egg shells stronger to reduce accidental breakage.

    Keep up the good work!
    Veggie PAK

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  8. Beautiful coops! My Hubby builds sweet chicken runs for the small flock chicken keeper. little flower boxes and framed out windows. Mine very practicle and plain... Sigh... I bet if I paid him he'd build me a pretty one.

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  9. I love looking at other people's chicken coops - so fun to see different ideas and amazing how creative some people can be. I know one thing though - a rose, flower, or any living plant doesn't stand a chance around our chickens unless we put fencing around it! Maybe the roses were well established before the chickens were allowed around the coops in those pictures?

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  10. Oh my gosh they are soooo lovely. I didn't see too many chickens with those coops. I would love to see them NOW after housing a bunch of scratching, pecking, pooping birds. :)

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  11. Thanks for those pictures. Many very good ideas.

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  12. Oh wow, I am drooling over every single one of them!!

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  13. Yup just seven, one friend did it. I still live outside the city limit so I have my 24 ladies :)

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  14. Amy! I love all of these!Tthanks for posting them today.. we are thinking about a little coop at our beach cottage... something small,quaint and CHARMING to keep a few girls over the summer!
    Love it! It's Farmgirl Friday at my place today...
    Join us?
    Deb

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  15. Iceberg is a very prolific bloomer and is white. it has very few thorns if any. It is not a good cut rose to bring into the house for bouquets but pretty for landscaping.
    An antique climber would be Sombreuil. Sally Homes is a white single petal climber.
    I have over 90 rose bushes on my property most of them are climbers or ramblers. My absolute favorite is a rose called Cecile Brunner. It is a light pink (Polyantha) Climber with a dainty bud that is so precious. It is growing on the side of my chicken run. Best of luck choosing.
    Rosann

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  16. Oh my. Some of them look like Hobbit houses in Lord of the Rings. My hens had names like roto-tiller because they dug up pretty gardens rather than tending them (after all those years of reading The Little Red Hen, imagine my surprise!)

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  17. SO SO pretty! My poor little chickens...they live in the ghetto coop!!

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  18. Hello, I came via Tales From The Coop Keeper. I hope you will not mind, I have invited myself. Thank you for the laugh, I will check my county and see if I may need a dr's order in order to have some chickens. Yep...

    If so, I will be looking, like you... on a style of hen house then I will be in hog heaven.

    God Bless your day.

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  19. Love the creativity here. Some people don't live in houses as nice as these.

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  20. ha ha ha....that was funny on teh requirement for Houston! wow!!

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  21. Amy,
    I just re read and realized you planted a Lady Banks Rose next to your Hen Hilton! I've got a yellow one on order for our Little Red Hen House!
    Too fun!
    Deb
    PS. Thanks for linking up to farmgirl friday!

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  22. Rosie, Thanks for the tips on some climbers. I'll check them out. I love iceburg roses and I have them around the outside of the hen yard; just planted them last year so I'm really looking for them to take off this year!

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  23. They are all gorgeous! I just love chicken coop's...chickens too!

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  24. Amy,
    all of these little Coop are certainly something to crow about! So sweet to look at!
    Honey and I are knocking around the idea of Chickens...but haven't yet, because of EXHIBIT #6--DOGS! Ours would be chicken killers.
    We have free range dogs.

    BUT I WANT CHICKENS...so I'm liking some of these options. We're still looking.

    coming from the Farm Girl Fri. Hop... Pat

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  25. How cute are these? Having a hard time choosing a favorite....something I would like to do...what do you do with chickens in the wintertime in the North?

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  26. These coops are sooooo adorable! I love every single one of them! Better not let my flock see them or they'll get jealous...thanks for sharing :)

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  27. Ahhhh Love this post! We are in the process of making a mobile coop and I needed some inspiration and more ideas, Thanks! These are just to darn adorable!

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  28. I loved looking at these. We're forbidden to keep chickens in our city too and it's a tragedy. We're working on it, but so far - no go.

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  29. Oh how I want a chicken coop and of course some chickens! Humm, maybe this is the year! Thanks for the inspiration to dream on! Love your blog to pieces!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  30. Faith, If your coop isn't too large and you keep the windows closed in the winter, they should create some body heat. I live in zone 7 and we insulated ours, but I'm sure it was overkill. However, if you're in zones 1-6, that might be a consideration. Just be sure to put plywood over every bit of the insulation or they'll peck at it. I also put plastic over my window openings in the winter because we don't actually have glass in their yet. One other caution, don't make it too tight or all the fumes from their waste can create a problem - you need some ventilation.

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  31. I love this post! I have been collecting photos of hen houses that I find intriguing to do one myself and had not come across even one of these. And by the way, the most important thing for chickens is fresh air, winter or summer. They do not lose much body heat and will do fine in even extremely cold temps if they are dry and out of drafts. I good book to look at is "Fresh Air Poultry Houses" by Prince T Woods, M.D.

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  32. Wonderful post!! I just love Pinterest!! I'd love to find you on there!!

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  33. Oh Amy, now I have "coop envy" :) I just bought a book and am hoping to embark on chickens in the near future, but will have to carefully plan a coop, as we have coyotes, foxes, skunks, and just plain vermin around....oh yeah, don't forget the hawks. I want to really make sure they feel safe and can "escape" if they need to. We have actually thought about a heavy duty dog run/enclosure, and then a "moveable coop" to get them out and around. Love those pictures!

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  34. Those hen houses are so well charming!
    they look cute enough to fashion houses after them!
    Some lucky chickens I tell ya!

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  35. Gorgeous coops! I will have to save this post as we make more coops in the future.
    happy day!

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  36. These are some beautiful coops. Gives me inspiration for my own, one day.I am new to your blog, and I must say I love it! I am a city girl who is looking to take on the homestead life. My plan is to learn more first, so I am looking forward to reading your blog.

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  37. I just love the coops you shared. Aren’t they beautiful? I have a coop I am going to be fixing up really cute as soon as the warm weather stays. I will be sure to share it with you too :) You have such a great blog Amy!

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  38. Thank you! That was fun! What great ideas. I would love to get ducks, but we have such long winters and the poor buggers would just be inside for 6-7 months. I appreciate that you put all those ideas together. What a fun way to end a Friday!

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  39. Way too great of a blog. Just found it. I have chickens but the coop still requires it's final touches. Thanks so much, Sheryl

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  40. These coops are just the cutest and just the right size for just a few chickens.
    I live in a village in Arizona that has no regulations. Some people here have chickens, or goats, rabbits, etc.
    We do not currently own the home we are in, and I get eggs from my son. When we get our own place I would love to have chickens again. I will look at these again before we build one.
    Thanks for the pictures.

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  41. Oh my goodness! I didn't realize there were so many different kind of hen houses!! I guess imagination never entered my mind when it came to hen houses. A shed and wire, and I thought that was it. :P
    These are SO adorable! :D

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  42. I definitely loved the Miniature cottage and the rustic one the best. I would like the Secret Garden one, but I would get worried my chickens would get lost!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  43. Sad, But some of those chicken coops look better than my house , on the outside of course. Those are so cute. I would love to have any one of those sitting in my yard.

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  44. Houston ordinances on chickens actually include more than that.

    You can have up to 30 chickens (up to 40 total fowl) in a lot or enclosure up to 65 by 125 feet or less. The limit grows as the size of the property grows, but the enclosure has to be at least 100 feet from any people-buildings. The limit of 7 is for laying hens. So you can keep more than 7 if they're going to be pets or meat chickens, but if they're for eggs, 7 is the limit.

    And I can tell you they're pretty diligent in enforcing those rules. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5839537.html

    But, yay chickens!

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  45. Love this post, just learning how to get around on blogspot, find it hard. But I have a guestion, can chickens be put into gardens? I thought they would eat the plants, or veggies? I would love to do this. thank you so much

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  46. These posts make me feel sorry for our chickens in their boring tin shed "chook nook" - it's not pretty, but definitely very functional & well built! Love the blue chook house there!

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  47. worn, torn and still woven strong - I only let my chickens in the garden during the end of the growing season when I can be out there with them or in the winter when nothing is growing. Don't let them out when things are just sprouting and keep an eye on them because they'll take dirt baths and dig holes. This is fine with me if I don't have anything growing, but it's disruptive if you have things in the ground.

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  48. Renata, I suspect any animal at your place would be blessed just to be there. Animals sense when things are safe and they are well cared for. The fancy coops are for us humans much more than the chickens themselves. But you already know that! :-)

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  49. Must...have...chickens! I'm heading to the store in town to see chicks...I know I'll fall in love. Over the weekend we looked at coops...I simply can't wait! Thanks for the fun inspiration. -Mary

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  50. I so want to have chickens......but I think it is only so I can have a cute coop.

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  51. love love!! thanks for sharing! =)My chickens have a coop, but also some run space. If you have a chance to get chickens-- do it! love them- amazing funny creatures!

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  52. Just found you through Backyard Chickens of San Antonio FB page... What wonderful inspiration! I'm a new fan!

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  53. Thank you so much for all your hard work...beautiful site!

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  54. We are building a new coop now, I love looking at how people have made them to look and feel like part of the yard again. Great post, thank you

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  55. Wow...some of these are over-the-top! I'd take any one of them:) My father-in-law converted an old playhouse into a chicken coop. I posted all about it a while ago.

    http://www.mapleleavessycamoretrees.com/2011/06/day-chickens-arrived.html

    I just found you through Pinterest. I think I'm going to enjoy snooping for a while:)

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  56. I love those adorable chicken coops, Makes me want some chickens!
    Thanks for sharing it!

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  57. We must have a kindred spirit, I am crazy about chicken coops :). Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Love your inspiration!!!!!! We just finised our coop. Check it out...
    http://choresandchandeliers.blogspot.com/2012/10/yes-i-have-wreath-on-my-chicken-coop.html

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  59. I really love your chicken coop "collections". We have been contemplating on raising chickens in our small backyard and my search led me to your site.I read that in some places specially in the cities chicken raisers, will really require some sort of permit for you to be allowed to raised chickens.I find it a little bit odd that a doctor's prescription that you have to eat fresh eggs is really the "GO" pass for someone to be to raise chickens. I gotta check out if such permit is required in my place and what are the requirement. Thank you for these lovely chicken coop ideas.

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  60. Backyard chickens are in! Along with popularity comes some ingenious ways of keeping chickens in style. Chicken houses

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