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Leslie Wells and her husband built this chicken coop last summer. She says, “The chickens really seem to love it. I often leave the door open for a little free-range time (when I’m home), but some choose just to stay in.” The roof was constructed from reclaimed tin that was given to them by a family friend. Leslie decorated the coop with a few fun chicken-inspired decorations from a local antiques store. See more of Leslie’s work at Leslie Wells Photography.
When Ashley Hackshaw of Lil Blue Boo saw there was a 100-year-old train depot for sale near her hometown, she knew it was meant for her. In need of a chicken coop and a potting shed, Ashley and her husband converted the little depot into both. Ashley painted and decorated the building’s exterior to honor its history. She then placed large railroad ties in the front to act as a step. Lastly, she created vintage railroad signs from tabletops. Visit Lil Blue Boo to read more about the history of the depot and how Ashley rescued it.
Linda Zahora-Cathcart of The Summery Umbrella always wanted a “pretty” chicken coop, but her husband insisted on functionality, so she designed one that was both! After the structure was built, Linda embellished the walk-in door with part of an old pallet that works perfectly as a mat. She added a little rustic elegance to the front of the run by repurposing a branch into a curtain rod and hanging billowy white drapes. Head over to The Summery Umbrella to see how it all came together.
For less than $50, DaNelle Wolford of Weed ‘em and Reap upcycled an old crib into a chicken coop meant for free-range chickens (meaning they only are in the coop to eat, lay eggs, and roost at night). Because they couldn’t sell or donate the crib due to a recalled drop side, DaNelle and her husband realized it would be perfect for a chicken coop, as the side lowers just enough to gather eggs and refill the feeder. Read more about the project at Weed 'em and Reap, and check out her YouTube channel for urban homesteading tips and inspiration.
After years of wanting to raise chickens, Mindi Moore and her husband, Emmett, finally took the leap. Emmett designed the cottage-like coop that seems to be right out of a storybook, and he used his own sawmill and backyard lumber to build it. Mindi says, “He puts his heart into everything that he does. If he’s going to build it, it will be the very best that he can make it.” See more of Mindi and Emmett’s chicken coop, which was featured on Clutch MOV.
When Jacki Cammidge of Blue Fox Farm designed and built her “Eclectic Eggporeum,” she intended the chicken coop to be a comfortable home for her flock to reside. It has since transformed into a space not only for the birds but also for all things bird-themed! Bird cages, found and DIY-ed birds’ nests, chicken house tools and more now adorn the coop. See more of Jacki’s coop and her bird-themed collection at Blue Fox Farm.
Randi Dukes of Dukes and Duchesses had an old playhouse that her kids had outgrown, and she knew she wanted to repurpose it into something. With just a few minor moderations, Randi’s friend Kim transformed the old playhouse into a brand-new chicken coop that’s fun and functional. Visit Dukes and Duchesses to see all the details about how the chicken coop was repurposed.
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