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Inspiration for Unique Chicken Coop Designs

As any chicken owner will tell you, a few hours of watching a brood is like having a crash course in Sociology. Each hen exhibiting her own unique personality by the way she interacts with other hens in the coop or as decided by hierarchy. An afternoon of "chicken watching" and you'll immediately be able to identify who's the Queen Bee (or Hen to be exact), the loner, little Miss Congeniality, the cautious, and even the clueless type, just as you would in your high school yearbook.

And just as the chickens have their individual characteristics, so should their chicken coop designs. Although this is much more of an extension of the owner's personality, it's also an expression of how much one values their pets by providing them a safe and unique chicken haven.

But before you build your own, here are some things to consider when building chicken coops:

Space. How big your backyard, farm, or rooftop space is can easily determine how and what kind of coop you're going to build. For smaller spaces, a vertical style coop would be a better fit rather than a horizontal one that takes up a lot of real estate.

Insulation. Depending on your area, your chicken coop might be too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. Extreme weather can have effect on your hen's health and their ability to lay eggs, so make sure that their coop is properly insulated.

Ventilation. Aside from proper air circulation inside the coop, ventilation is also a factor in keeping the coop's cleanliness.

Here now, finally, are a few inspiration for unique chicken coop designs.

Farm Girl Chic

Take inspiration from the shabby chic style movement and use vintage-looking pieces when building your coop. For starters, you can whitewash the outside of the coop to give it that rustic feel. Next, you can add small details like using galvanized containers to serve as their feeding station, a place to store their feeds, or even a place to nest. An alternative to galvanized containers could be wooden crates, which would create individual spaces for the chickens. You can also add an old wooden ladder inside the coop to serve as a place for them to roost and doubles as a focal piece.

Simple and Sleek

Whether you want to call it Zen or modern, you can also incorporate this design concept when building your coop. Go for linear lines to create a sense of symmetry in the overall design. Also go for materials that express simplicity in an elegant way such as dark-colored wood with hardware details for the structure.

Coops Gone Green

Chicken coop designs can also transcend aesthetic requirements and foray into the functional. If you're a city dweller, you can give your chicken coop a green roof so that it doubles as a plant box. You can plant herbs which you can then add to the eggs your hens produce and make a tasty omellete. Nothing goes to waste too because you can make use of the chicken's waste products as fertilizer and the leftover water from their feeding stations to grow the plants.
Another going green innovation is the use of solar-powered cells to provide heat and electricity to the coop. Maybe with little tweaks, you can also use this technology to charge small gadgets like mp3 players and smartphone batteries.

Get more chicken coop ideas.

Learn more about how to make your own chicken coop and get easy-to-follow construction instructions at Best Chicken Coop Guide.
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