A Chicken Coop Inspired by the Pages of Southern Living

October 18, 2012 | By | Comments (10)
Chicken Coops

Photos by Danny Pendley and Robbie Caponetto

Did you happen to read our August story on Dixie Chickens? It was all about how Southerners are raising their own fowl, and we loved hearing the reactions from our readers. One of my favorite responses showed up in my inbox last week. A reader in Georgia was so inspired by the story, she had a French country-themed coop built in her backyard. 

Chicken Coop

Photos courtesy Danny Pendley

The project took about 7 weeks to complete and her contractor says, “without a doubt, it was the talk of the town while it was being built.”

Chicken Coop

The building materials include rough sawn lumber from the North Georgia Mountains that was distressed to give it an older look, tin that was aged 25 years in about a week, and re-purposed items that have been collecting dust to give it familiarity, instant history and curious quirkiness.

Chicken Coop

My favorite detail has got to be the chandelier that hangs inside. The homeowner plans to fill the coop with a variety of chickens to show off, enjoy, and share eggs with friends.

Chicken Coop

She and her contractor set out to build something that was charming, entertaining, and productive with a sense of having always been there. Well, I think the entire Southern Living staff agrees this coop was a total success.

Have you ever been so inspired by one of our pages that you brought the story to life? We’d love to see YOUR photos. Email them to me at lindsay@southernliving.com

COMMENTS

  1. notthedad

    This isn’t just happening in the south. We’ve been raising chickens at our Vancouver, WA home for four years now.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm
  2. Lynda Hester

    The owner turns ordinary into whimsical with her special touch. We never know what idea she will put into action next! LOVE the chicken house!!!!!!!!:)

    October 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm
  3. caitlin

    Love it!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 9:08 am
  4. Paulette Bunn

    Incredyible use of repurposed objects the owner had stored away and only a person with the artistic gifts of this owner would have dreamed of adding to a chicken house. These objects include a discarded chandelier,stained glass windows no longer in use’ even and old toilet tank used for a heated watering device. When all these unique pieces came together with owners gift of style and builders incredible talent the results is awesome.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am
  5. Iris Reddick

    Chicken watching is the best de-stresser I’ve come across. For lots of information on everything chicken you can think of, try going to the web site ‘Backyard Chickens’. You’ll get addicted to reading everyone’s chicken knowledge.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  6. Shelley

    where are the chickens?

    October 20, 2012 at 5:36 am
  7. Yard Guy

    I just happen to know that the chickens arrived about noon on October 20th. It was interesting to watch this take shape. It even has a name, with the sign on the front. My favorite is the wooden wine boxes used for nesting boxes.

    October 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  8. Cindy

    We got our new coop a few weeks ago but have had chickens since April….we love them and my grandson calls watching them “chicken TV” We have 6 and are planning on getting one more. Each one was selected for its breed, hardiness, and egg laying. ….there is nothing like cooking some great bacon and organic free range eggs on a lazy Sunday in my outdoor kitchen!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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