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8 awesome urban chicken coops

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 18, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
green and orange coop

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Lyanda Haupt's coop

After Lyanda Haupt lost a few chickens in a makeshift coop to raccoons and feral ferrets, she vowed to do better with her new coop. Calling on the services of her stone mason father Jerry, she set out to create a beautiful coop that would keep her chickens safe. Her 6-by-4 coop is raised off the ground and was built using a mix of new and scavenged materials including cedar shakes that were milled in 1964. A large door on the front allows for easy cleaning and egg collecting while a smaller side door leads to a ramp that lets the chickens come and go as they please. They added a well-protected space beneath the coop that lets the chickens get fresh air but that keeps them safe from harm whenever they need to be left alone for an extended period of time.