All cooped up! Check out these cool hen houses
Attention, would-be chicken farmers! We've rounded up nine of the most stylish chicken coops for your feathered friends. Has it been worth the oeuf-ort? (I'll get my coat)
Corner shop out of eggs again? Quarantine has us dreaming of living a self-sufficient lifestyle à la The Good Life. First step? Our very own back garden chickens! If you’re thinking of acquiring some feathery pals you’ll need some stylish digs to house them in. Here are a few we love.
Not only is this American Wild West-style wagon flipping adorable, it’s also practical, as the design is made with recycled plastic and can be easily hosed down. Housing up to 6 large chickens or 12 bantams, the Chicken Wagon is weatherproof, low maintenance and comes with an option for an automatic chicken door. Buy it here.
For a coop that’s straight out of rural Switzerland Country Idyll handbook (seriously Heida, it’s great), this adorable hand-painted hen house from Dorset-based Flyte So Fancy could be right up your cobbled garden path. The Fantasia Rose can house up to 8 chickens, comes in yellow or pink rose designs, and can arrive ready-assembled if you’re not a fan of flat-pack faff. Buy it here.
Move aside, Frank Lloyd Wright! This architectural beauty from international design agency Frederik Roijé is like something out of Grand Designs: Poultry Edition. Sadly this is likely to be a post-lockdown purchase as shipping to the UK is currently restricted (*sob*), but at least it gives you time to save up the £4k. See it here.
Starting small? This stylish half moon coop would make a perfect starter home for up to 3 large chickens (or up to 6 smaller birds), and the integrated run means your poultry pals can stretch their legs. We’re big fans of the Hobbit house styling too, though you might want to tone down the orange pine. Buy it here.
At 8ft by 4ft, this whopper is more chicken mansion than chicken house – it even has its own tiled roof (the things we get excited about, eh?). You can easily access the rear nesting area for cleaning (no squatting here), and the walk-in run at the front gives your birds plenty of space for enjoying the fresh air. Buy it here.
This nifty printed aluminium coop is created by Kent-based company Spoilt by Design, and can house up to four large chickens, or six smaller birds. We’re a little biased here at Muddy, as it bears a startling resemblance to Muddy HQ – if only we could jet-wash the office! Buy it here (the coop, not the office).
This traditional hen house is perfect for first-time chicken owners, thanks to the bargainous entry-level price and no-frills approach – even Alan Titchmarsh is said to be a fan. Housing up to 7 chickens, the Devon Hen House doesn’t come with a run, but you can easily attach one if your garden isn’t suitable for a free-roaming flock. Buy it here.
Omlet’s iconic Eglu design was created by a team from London’s College of Art back in 2003, and they’ve been the stylish chicken owner’s coop of choice ever since. It’s a no-fuss set-up with an extending run, wipe-down surfaces and enough room for 10 happy chickens. Buy it here.
Doesn’t this bijou little pod look like a holiday home for hens? The Buttercup Chicken Pod can house up to 8 chickens, with the option to add a run, and can easily be wheeled around your garden if your brood fancies a change of scenery. It comes in Seagrass Green (shown), Forget-Me-Not Blue, or untreated wood you can paint yourself. Buy it here.