This Coop De Ville Build Is One Cool Coop!

The cool coop, dubbed the Coop de Ville, is this keeper's first poultry operation, but it was constructed after tons of research and plenty of poultry love.

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by Chicken ChatJuly 28, 2022
PHOTO: photos by Erich Decker-Hoppen

Coop de Ville is my first poultry operation, but I studied lots of different plans for my cool coop. The floor is a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood raised a foot above the ground. The interior features a roost, two sets of shuttered windows (one would have been enough), three nesting boxes (with room for more), an outside egg door, a sweep-out door, a heat lamp on a timer, and a light-activated chicken door.

All used bedding and waste is composted.


Read more: This Kentucky cool coop keeps chickens happy while bringing joy to their keepers.


The soil here is mostly sand, and the chickens love it. The run is very large, but I had an existing roof to work with. Both feed and rainwater dispensers hang from the ceiling beams. A chicken door leads into a fenced-in yard with wildflowers, garden boxes and an anthill.

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Right now, we have three Buckeye and two Silkie hens, and they’re very happy and productive. This spring, I plan to expand my flock!   

— Erich Decker-Hoppen, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Chickens magazine as a “Cool Coop” feature. Have a cool coop you’d like to share? Email us a short write-up (~250 to 500 words) about your chicken coop along with a few images to chickens@chickensmagazine.com with the subject line One Cool Coop, and include your name and mailing address. Check out Chickens magazine for current prizes and contest rules.

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