If you want something more in a chicken coop, we know of a few stylish options. Like Moop, for example, the Modern Coop for Design-Minded Chickens. This is designed by prefab and architecture firm Nottoscale and includes four cantilevered nesting boxes, hinged side-panel walls for easy access, a redwood screen for ventilation, a removable tray for easy cleaning, predator-proof latches, extra-strength chicken wire, and custom watering accessories. Moop is priced with one run ($600) or two runs ($800), and the water accessories sell for $95 each.
We’re building up a nice archive of chicken coop designs these days. Reader Matt Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build just sent us photos and details of his Chicken Coopsickle in California. He designed this to work on a woodsy site with a steep incline — it’s planted in concrete with a redwood post. Floating steps run upward to the hen house, which is made with interlocked half-lap joint flooring, Tennessee red cedar siding, and a plywood gusset topped with a single sheet of aluminum for the roof.
Check out this lively, modern chicken coop by Nicole Starnes Taylor of MAKE Design Studio. Taylor designed it for three chickens and their owners in urban Seattle. With a screen floor and castors, the mobile hen house fertilizes the underlying ground. Also, the coop has a hinged door for easy access and can be used as a chicken tractor if need be. Taylor built the 15 square-foot coop with salvaged framing lumber.
Students in Studio H, a design-build program for high school students in Bertie County, North Carolina, recently completed their second major project. The project required the design and construction of three, unique, full-scale, chicken coops to house six chickens each. Students had a budget of $500 per coop, but they also incorporated reclaimed and repurposed materials. Here are the chicken coop designs:
If you’re thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it. You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop. Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell. It’s framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.
Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically. If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright. His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks. The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.