The 6 Best Chicken Coops of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: SnapLock Formex Large Chicken Coop at Amazon

"Easy to assemble, weather-resistant, and a safe place for your hens."

Best Starter: Whatever Works Chicken Coop with Planter at Whatever Works

"Designed to let you expand and customize the coop down the road."

Best Multi-Level: PawHut Outdoor Wooden Chicken Coop with Nesting Box and Run at Walmart

"This large coop is constructed from solid fir and outfitted with an elevated nesting box, a non-slip ramp, and a sizable run."

Best Urban: Omlet Eglu Chicken Coop at Omelet

"A perfect option for urban chicken farmers!"

Best High-End: Williams Sonoma Cedar Chicken Coop & Run with Planter at Williams Sonoma

"This hand-built coop is constructed from handsome rot-resistant cedar and with 25 feet of run space, it can accommodate six hens."

Best Walk-In: Round Top Stand Up Chicken Coop at Roost and Root

"A door and the extra height makes it easy for you to come and go."

Best Overall: SnapLock Formex Large Chicken Coop

SnapLock Formex Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen

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Our top choice for a chicken coop is easy to assemble, weather-resistant, and a safe place to keep your egg layers. The SnapLock Formex Chicken Coop is made from sturdy, double-walled plastic (much like a storage shed) and can accommodate about a half-dozen birds, depending on the breed.

This chicken coop includes three elevated roosting bars with multiple height placement for each bar. Two nesting boxes with removable dividers provide up to four egg-laying locations. Some of the essential features included with this chicken coop are a removable tray for cleaning droppings and changing bedding, adjustable side vents to keep circulation in the coop, and hinged doors above each nesting box for easy egg collection. A hinged roof also allows for easier cleaning. 

People find the SnapLock Formex Chicken Coop to be super easy to assemble—no tools required since the pieces snap together. But if you think this makes the coop flimsy, think again. One reviewer reported that this coop got tossed around by a bear looking for a meal but he wasn’t able to gain access to the birds inside thanks to the locks and sturdy construction. 

Just keep in mind that this chicken coop doesn’t include a window or run. So make sure your birds have plenty of access to roam and forage during the day. It’s an investment compared to some wooden chicken coop kits, but the money spent on this quick-to-assemble chicken coop is well worth it for the comfort of your chickens and the conveniences it offers to you. 

Best Starter: Whatever Works Chicken Coop with Planter

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If you're looking to purchase your first chicken coop, the Whatever Works Chicken Coop with Planter is a great one to start with as it's designed to let you expand and customize your coop down the road.

This weather-resistant coop is made from solid wood and features coated roof panels to protect against rain and other weather conditions. The roosting area is ventilated, along with the chicken run, so your chickens will have plenty of fresh air and sunlight. Another great feature is the attached planter bay, which allows you to plant a small herb garden atop the chicken run.

Best Multi-Level: PawHut Outdoor Wooden Chicken Coop with Nesting Box and Run

PawHut Coop

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Whether you have two hens or twelve, your feathered friends need space to roam. That's where a multi-level coop, like this one from PawHut, comes in handy. The large 69.25 x 26 x 43.5-inch coop is constructed from solid fir and outfitted with an elevated nesting box, a non-slip ramp, and a sizable run. A hinged roof over the nesting box allows you to easily collect eggs.

PawHut's "poultry palace" is suitable for three to five chickens, depending on their size and breed. The coop keeps predators at bay with lockable doors and sturdy wire mesh, so you never have to worry about the fate of your flock. As far as cleaning goes, that's pretty simple, too, thanks to a built-in slide out tray (which collects droppings) and a side door which offers access to the run.

Best Urban: Omlet Eglu Chicken Coop

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For urban chicken farmers, look for an easy-to-maintain and portable chicken coop. The Omlet Eglu is our top pick for a backyard chicken coop. 

The Eglu stands out in terms of design and simplicity. This molded plastic chicken coop comes in a vibrant green with a steel mesh run that measures almost 10 feet long. Plastic panels, doors, and drawer make it easy to gain access to any part of the coop and are especially easy to clean—a major plus for backyard chicken owners that need to keep odor under control. 

This backyard chicken coop sits on a sturdy metal frame but is light enough to move around your yard to comply with zoning requirements and to give your chicks new areas to forage. We also like those no-spill containers for chicken feed and water attach to the sides of the steel mesh run. This urban chicken coop makes a perfect addition to your backyard. While it does have a higher price point, it’s a safe and secure way to keep your chickens in your yard.

Best High-End: Williams Sonoma Cedar Chicken Coop & Run with Planter

Williams Sonoma Cedar Chicken Coop

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As far as good-looking chicken coops go, Williams Sonoma's Cedar Chicken Coop comes out on top. The hand-built coop is constructed from handsome rot-resistant red cedar (that was milled at a family-owned sawmill in Washington state) and finished off with a galvanized roof and wire mesh which protects your flock from predators.

The multi-tier coop measures 63.25 x 61.75 x 83.25 inches and offers two watertight nest boxes, an interior perch, and 25 square feet of run space which can comfortably accommodate four to six hens (depending on if you let them roam freely throughout the day). A built-in planter box also comes ready to be filled with your favorite flowers or veggies. Best of all, Williams Sonoma's coop comes with white glove delivery, so you don't have to worry about assembly.

Best Walk-In: Round Top Stand Up Chicken Coop

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Courtesy of Roost & Root

Tired of crouching down collect fresh eggs? The Round Top Stand Up Chicken Coop from Roost & Round measures over 85 inches tall, which means that it provides enough room for you to walk-in without hunching over or crouching down. This spacious chicken coop can easily fit two to six hens and measures 58 x 66 x 85-inches. Like other options on this list, it includes an integrated waterer and nesting boxes.

Although this model comes with a beautiful wood door, you can purchase an automatic door that attaches in the back. You can also attach an external run for added space and further customization. Note that this coop is built to order so it will take around six weeks before it's shipped out.

What to Look for in a Chicken Coop

Size Allow for about 3 to 4 square feet per chicken inside the coop, though up to 10 square feet per chicken may be necessary if you live in a cold climate where your chickens will spend ample time “indoors.” 

Chicken run Some chicken coops come with attached runs. If your coop doesn’t come with a run, you’ll need to build one or place your coop inside a fenced-in area. 

Nesting space Look for a chicken coop with space for roosting and nesting about 2 feet above ground level. Each chicken needs about 6-10 inches of roosting space and the nesting box should be about 1 square foot.

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