The 7 Best Chicken Coops to Buy in 2018

Give you chicks a nice place to call home

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Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? In the case of fresh, delicious eggs available right in your own backyard, the chickens must come first. But before you bring them home, you need a place for them to live—a chicken coop.

The sunny side is that there are options aplenty when it comes to choosing one. While you could build your own from scratch, there is a host of options on the market that do a lot of the legwork for you. They vary in size, color, and style, so there’s one that’s sure to...MORE meet your backyard chicken coop needs. Here are seven of the best chicken coops for your feathered friends. Once you choose one, the only question left is: How would you like your eggs cooked?

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    This grey and white chicken coop covers all the basics and is great for someone who is just starting out raising chickens. It’s relatively inexpensive, so you can get started without too hefty of a commitment, but still gives your chickens a safe and spacious place to roost and rest.

    The coop has two doors, and there’s also a nesting box on box on the side for when it’s time to lay those eggs. The whole thing measures 53” x 25” x 28 “, so it’s great for smaller yards. The main roof doesn’t open,...MORE but the nest box has a hinged roof to make for easy egg collection. Made of cedar and coated in waterproof paint, it’s designed to withstand weather of all kinds.

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    How does your garden grow? On top of your chicken coop if you select this sweet two-in-one structure. It includes a chicken run, a chicken coop, two roosting bars and a ramp to help your chickens travel between floors. There’s room for two or three chickens to rest, roost and roam comfortably. The rooftop garden not only adds a pretty punch, but it’s perfect for growing herbs or vegetables to add to those delicious eggs. Omelet, anyone?

    Made of cypress fir, which is naturally decay and rot...MORE resistant, this coop will keep your chickens comfortable too with an insulated design to keep them warmer in the winter and cooler when the summer sun is shining. The hatch’s roof lifts easily, so you can easily clean it out and collect those eggs.

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    This pretty green chicken coop is designed to keep your chickens happy and healthy. It’s spacious enough for several chickens, measuring 83.24" x 35.5" x 48", and it provides your feathered friends with options aplenty. There’s a spacious indoor nesting area, a large fenced outdoor area, and a climbing ladder to help them get to and fro.

    Heavy-duty wire mesh keeps the air flowing through, but also keeps predators out. There’s also a removable droppings tray to make for easy cleaning....MORE It’s made of China fir, and the asphalt composite roof is designed to keep weather elements at bay. Coated in water-based, bright green paint, this is a charming and cheerful addition to your yard and a great place for chickens to call home.

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    This vintage looking chicken coop is reminiscent of a traditional big red barn. It’s spacious enough for three hens full-time or up to nine for sleeping if they’re free-range during the day (It measures 89.3" x 40.8" x 50"). The mesh enclosed run lets chickens roam without worry, and the overhead coop keeps them shaded when the sun is shining bright. The doors are also equipped with spring-bolt latches for extra security against persistent predators.

    The three-stall nesting box has an...MORE easy-to-access, prop-up door to make for easy egg collection, and it’s simple to put together as well. The manufacturer promises that one person can set it up with just a screwdriver in about 45 minutes.

    When you’re ready to add more feathered friends to your flock, you can easily expand the space with an expansion pen (sold separately). The more the merrier… and the more eggs.

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  • 05 of 07

    If you’re looking for an easy-to-assemble chicken coop, this one is snap… literally. You don’t need any tools to put it together; the pieces simply snap together.

    Recommended for four to six large chickens or six to twelve Bantam roosters, there’s plenty of space in this coop (64" x 39" x 42"). It contains four nesting spots with removable dividers and three roosts. Made of durable plastic, it’s water, chemical and ultraviolet resistant, so it’ s pretty much maintenance-free. It’s a...MORE nice alternative to traditional wooden coops.

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    They say happy chickens lay the most (and best) eggs, and it would be hard to make chickens happier than with a coop like this. Built to last, this chicken coop has working windows with tempered glass and screens and a ventilation system to keep them comfortable.

    This large version (it measures 6' x 8') has six nesting bins and an egg-laying area that can accommodate 8-12 hens. Nesting boxes are located on the outside of the coop for easy egg gathering, and a ramp lets the chicken come...MORE and go as easy as they please. It comes in a panelized DIY kit with high-quality siding and trim that you paint yourself in whatever color you choose. Shingles aren’t included, but all the fasteners and hardware are. Once it’s all put together, you will have one clucking awesome chicken coop.

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    This triple-level chicken coop is a creative take on traditional versions. It measures 79" x 37.5" x 58.2", which is enough space for four to six chickens, depending on how big the chickens are. It’s made of fir wood and coated with waterproof paint to keep it looking good and housing your feathered friends for years.

    With multiple doors and a nesting box on the side, egg gathering is a breeze. A sliding tray makes for quick and easy cleaning too. This one checks all the boxes for...MORE your basic chicken coop needs and gets bonus points for a unique look that stands out from other more traditional-looking coops.

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