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Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop

Last Friday I was lucky enough to be included in a day long kitchen garden symposium hosted by The Garden Conservancy in Marin County, California. The day began with lectures and ended with tours of two exquisite private kitchen gardens. I’ll be sharing photos of both gardens later in the week, but I wanted to start with a peek of the chicken coop I spotted in the Collenette family’s absolutely magical kitchen garden.

The coop, which was made by California Coops, is constructed of recycled barn wood and other reclaimed materials, including a slightly rusty corrugated metal roof. I loved the windows, which are actually old picture frames fitted with hardware cloth. The coop is lofted off the ground on stilts and has a trapdoor in the floor. This allows you to attach a custom covered run to the bottom, if you like.

The weathered wood was dotted with bits of lichen and had a wonderful rustic patina to it.

Shirley Collenette also has a chicken tractor that she moves around the garden, but her flock of young hens spend the evening safely locked up in the coop, which is located at the edge of the garden nestled amongst plants and sheltered by the wide boughs of a tree above. If the coop had been just a little bit bigger, I would have considered moving into it myself.

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10 Responses to “Reclaimed Wood Chicken Coop”

  1. 1
    Ann Says:

    love, love, LOVE the coop…so jelous!
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Romaine =-.

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    Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    That chicken coop is totally adorable. It’s amazing what you can do if you just think about it a bit. I love the reuse of materials. Those lucky chickens.

  3. 3
    Justine Says:

    Beautiful coop, love the picture frame idea over the ventilation holes, might have try that out for size. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    denise ritchie Says:

    This is absolutely wonderful!

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    tracy Says:

    i live in Marin. do you know who made the chicken coop? i love it and would love to buy one if possible.


  6. 6
    Willi Says:

    Hi, Tracy. In the post above there is a link to the company that makes the coops. They are called California Coops. I bet if you give them a call they can tell you which retail outlets in Marin carry their coops!

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    Ashley Says:

    I love my coop! Functional, adorable, green & unique! I am so happy!

  8. 8
    Ashley Says:

    I love my coop! Functional, adorable, green & unique!

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    reclaimed wood Says:

    Thanks Larry,Would love to see the banksia pod vase. I have not turned one of those.

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