Best Urban Chicken Coop Designs

You may be considering raising chickens in your backyard, but you just aren’t sure where to begin.

If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place!

The most important first step toward raising chickens at home is making sure that they have a safe, clean, and healthy space to live in. You can’t keep chickens without a chicken coop, after all!

However, there may be some issues with building your urban chicken coop in the backyard.

You might have an HOA you need to consider, or there may be laws to keep in mind. You might even have neighbors who would complain about the noise or smell from your chickens.

There are many challenges to think about in the world of urban chicken farming, but the benefits are so rewarding!


Considerations for Urban Coops

There are a few matters you need to pay attention to before you choose your backyard chicken coop, especially when you have limited space and less flexibility. Ask yourself the following questions…

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​How Much Space Do I Have To Work With?

How Much Space Do I Have To Work With

​Your yard may not be suited to a chicken coop.

  • Do you have enough flat land? 
  • Can you place your coop in a safe location when it comes to weather and sunlight?
  • Is your coop space going to be easily drained?

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​Does My ​Coop Need To Be Mobile?

Does My coop Need To Be Mobile
How Much Space Do I Have To Work With

You may also want to keep in mind the possibility of someday moving to another house, or reorganizing your yard.

Will your future plans require a coop that is on wheels or easy to pick up and move, or must the coop you choose be completely torn down and rebuilt again?

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​Are There Any Local Laws That I Need To Follow?

Are There Any Local Laws That I Need To Follow?
How Much Space Do I Have To Work With

Perhaps the most important issue to consider when it comes to building a chicken coop in the backyard is the possibility of any law that might be against it.

Most counties and cities do have laws that explain clearly whether or not farm animals can be kept in the yard.

If chickens are allowed, then you’re in luck! But you must remember to keep your coop and your chickens well within the legal limits.

For the most part, you will need to be considered with noise, cleanliness, distance from your home and others to the chicken coop, and number of chickens that are allowed in your yard.

Get in touch with your city and/or county to find out what rules you need to follow.


The Portable Ark Chicken Coop

​PROS

  • ​Easy to move, whether around the yard or to a new house
    Easy to move, whether around the yard or to a new house
  • ​Stylish and looks great in any backyard.
    Stylish and looks great in any backyard.
  • ​Features an easy-access egg collection door.
    Features an easy-access egg collection door.

​CONS

  • ​May not hold up against stronger predatory animals like coyotes.
    May not hold up against stronger predatory animals like coyotes.
  • ​May be too small if you have plans for a large flock.
    May be too small if you have plans for a large flock.
  • ​Does not include a tray to collect chicken droppings.
    Does not include a tray to collect chicken droppings.
  • Flock Size - The portable ark style chicken coop can hold up to three hens easily.
  • Space - The portable ark chicken coop is perfect for a smaller backyard space that needs something size-efficient.

The Converted Swing Set Chicken Coop

​PROS

  • ​Very affordable alternative to a pre-made coop.
    Very affordable alternative to a pre-made coop.
    Easy to move, whether around the yard or to a new house
  • ​Much easier to build than other DIY options.
    Much easier to build than other DIY options.
    Stylish and looks great in any backyard.
  • ​Provides ample space for chickens thanks to the A-frame shape.
    Provides ample space for chickens thanks to the A-frame shape.
    Features an easy-access egg collection door.

​CONS

  • ​ May be much less stylish than other options
     May be much less stylish than other options
    May not hold up against stronger predatory animals like coyotes.
  • ​May be too large for a backyard.
    May be too large for a backyard.
    May be too small if you have plans for a large flock.
  • ​Not as strong against attacks from larger predators.
    Not as strong against attacks from larger predators.
    Does not include a tray to collect chicken droppings.
  • Flock Size - The portable ark style chicken coop can hold up to five hens easily.
  • Space - It’s best to use this mid-size chicken coop in a medium to large back yard with a fence.

The ‘Chicken Run’ Chicken Coop

The ‘Chicken Run’ Chicken Coo
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​PROS

  • ​Provides more space when added to a pre-existing coop.
     Provides more space when added to a pre-existing coop.
    Easy to move, whether around the yard or to a new house
  • ​Can be combined with coops to form limitless arrangements.
    Can be combined with coops to form limitless arrangements.
    Stylish and looks great in any backyard.
  • ​May be a stable coop on its own with a solid roof addition.
    May be a stable coop on its own with a solid roof addition.
    Features an easy-access egg collection door.

​CONS

  • ​Does not function well as a run on its own without a coop attachment.
    Does not function well as a run on its own without a coop attachment.
    May not hold up against stronger predatory animals like coyotes.
  • ​Not very space-efficient.
    Not very space-efficient.
    May be too small if you have plans for a large flock.
  • ​Harder to move without rebuilding.
    Harder to move without rebuilding.
    Does not include a tray to collect chicken droppings.
  • Flock Size - A backyard sized chicken run coop can house three to five chickens.
  • Space - It will take considerable yard space to fit a coop with a run attachment. This variety of coop is best suited to a larger backyard.

The Converted Trampoline Chicken Coop

​PROS

  • ​Fun DIY project for re-purposing an unwanted old trampoline.
    Fun DIY project for re-purposing an unwanted old trampoline.
    Easy to move, whether around the yard or to a new house
  • ​Can be a more immersive project if you reconfigure the trampoline base to a different shape.
    Can be a more immersive project if you reconfigure the trampoline base to a different shape.
    Stylish and looks great in any backyard.
  • ​Provides an easy to access style of chicken coop.
    Provides an easy to access style of chicken coop.
    Features an easy-access egg collection door.

​CONS

  • ​May be an eyesore to neighbors and HOAs.
    May be an eyesore to neighbors and HOAs.
    May not hold up against stronger predatory animals like coyotes.
  • ​Not waterproof without additional roofing.
    Not waterproof without additional roofing.
    May be too small if you have plans for a large flock.
  • ​Easy to tear down and rebuild, but not portable.
    Easy to tear down and rebuild, but not portable.
    Does not include a tray to collect chicken droppings.
  • Flock Size - ​A repurposed trampoline coop can house three to five chickens.
  • Space - ​Your yard must be large enough to fit a trampoline for this type of coop to be size efficient.

If you have been inspired, we would love to know your thoughts below! So please feel free to leave us a comment!

If we have only just ignited your fire and your thirsty for more, why not check out our article on DIY chicken Coop Plans for more inspiration! 

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