Chicken coops might seem like something that’s only found in rural farming communities, but they’ve been popping up all over suburban and urban yards, becoming a new trend in local—very local—food sources (we mean the eggs), as well as cute pets. More cities are relaxing their zoning ordinances to allow for chickens. Chickens are relatively low-maintenance, but they do require shelter and protection from predators. That’s where the chicken coop comes in. It provides space for the chickens to scratch about in the dirt but keeps them safe from other animals, and a small house provides shelter from the elements. Many coops also have handy windows for egg-gathering purposes.
But to have healthy, tasty eggs, it’s imperative that chickens have a healthy home. We’ve compiled here some examples of eco-friendly housing for your avian friends. Some are on the market, should you be interested in acquiring a clutch, and some are innovative ideas that people created to house their chickens. Click on a picture to learn more about each coop.