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Chickens are all the rage lately. Chickens are like a trending fad in the home & garden design world. I suspect some people like them more for the kitschy novelty factor than for their actual usefulness.

Well, let me tell you about chickens, AND chicken coops. (Because we raised chickens when I was growing up)

1. they stink

2. their houses stink to high heaven

3. they really do run around after their heads are cut off

4. they are dusty and dirty

5. their houses are dusty and dirty.

Our chicken coop in the back yard was literally a tar-paper shack with a rickety door and I still have the stench of it tattooed inside my nose to this very day.

But that was just MY experience.

Here are some stylish alternatives to the dusty old smelly chicken house…..

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(LOVE the “living roof” on that one above)

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(House of chickens? Chicken house?)

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I have sworn off owning chickens for the rest of my life – because I know what it’s like to gag from the stench of cleaning chicken coops and to be chased by a gaggle of angry hens after you’ve stolen their eggs. And to have to trudge out there to feed them every God-forsaken freezing cold winter morning. And the horror of finding mini crime-scenes when a hungry fox gets in the coop. Not to mention the mass bloody murder scenes when “harvest” day comes around. (I still remember that old stump my dad used to put the chickens on *shudder*)

But to each their own.

🙂