This month’s “Cool Coop” is a quaint, whimsical coop that brings to mind a scene from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. – I’m sure that the beloved character from the series, Bilbo Baggins, would be proud to house his flock in such a well-crafted – and adorable – structure.
Wooden Wonders offers these coops, as well as, Hobbit Hole playhouses, pet homes and gardens sheds. Their goal is to beautify the landscape while inspiring imitative work or play. Continue reading as Melissa & Rocy Pillsbury describe the history, construction and amenities they offer in their Hobbit Hole Chicken Coops: The inception of Wooden Wonders was inspired by the birth of our first son, Richard. Rocy is a carpenter by trade and his work required him to travel and work long hours away from home. We wanted to build a business that would utilize Rocy’s talent as a designer and craftsman that would also allow us to be based out of our home. Rocy spent his childhood reading fantasy novels and playing out the characters in the fantastical worlds he loved in the back woods of his family home. Our business is the result of combining Rocy’s imagination, penchant for design, and woodworking skills. We brought our first Hobbit Hole to the 2009 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine along with a castle tower playhouse prototype. We were absolutely swarmed with playing children all three days of the event, so we knew we had something that appealed to kids, but what was really telling was the reaction of amazement and curiosity we received about the Hobbit Hole. We knew we had a winning concept. We hit the ground running and started designing and building Hobbit homes for many more applications than playhouses: storage shed, summer room, outdoor home office, pig barn, bus stop, sauna, and the list goes on… Our Hobbit Hole chicken coops not only look great, they have all the great design features you’d expect in a top of the line chicken coop, and then some. We offer three different coop sizes to meet the needs of a broad range of poultry enthusiasts, from just small handful of birds up to a flock of 30. Our coops come with ample perch space and nest boxes for the recommended number of birds per coop. You have many options to customize your coop to meet your needs:
- Removable washable floor liner to simplify coop cleaning.
- Our custom cedar clapboard roofing.
- Cold climate options: floor insulation and heavy duty floor liner.
- Attached run constructed of all cedar, framed with our custom curved rafters.
- Nest boxes available in two styles: freestanding or attached to inside of coop access door.
- Add a pop door to the back wall if your flock will access a run attached to the rear of the coop.
|The Proudfoot coop measures 85″ x 51″ x 52″H and is suitable to house 8-15 chickens, depending on the size of the breed and the amount of time your flock will be spending inside the coop.|
|Unique “Easy Egg Access” nest box option attaches to the back door so when you open the door your eggs are at hand and detaches from the back door when you need better access to the inside of your coop.|
|Nest box easily attaches to and removes from the door-mounted brackets. Top of nest box is covered with vinyl flooring = easy to clean! A freestanding “stacking” double nest box is also available and can be positioned anywhere inside the coop.|
|The coop comes with a total of 13′ of perch space on three moveable perches that are 6 inches off the ground.|
|Each window opening in your coop is covered with predator proof 1/2″ x 1/2″ square galvanized steel hardware cloth, and the windows can be latched securely closed when not in use with the installed hook and eye latch (hook and eye latch not shown).|
Some people just have to pick at everything, the coop is functional and as cute as can be. as for chasing a chicken, if you have any, I she is in the pros of laying she aint movin except to peck you. and even if she dos get loose she isn’t going to leave the flock, do you people actually have chickens?
My husband’s grandmother had a coop of same style but a bit bigger. Moved it to our land and had chickens for many, many years. Looks as though people had the right idea many, many years ago!!!
These sheds are adorable, but 5′ high means most people would have to crawl to enter them. And 2x4s placed 6″ off the floor are totally inappropriate roosts for most breeds of chickens, which roost as high as possible. Round roosts enable the chickens to grip securely based on their foot structure. If you’re going to foster the current chicken fad, please try to promote products that are good for chickens, not just cute status symbols for the people owning them
I heartedly agree. Cute, but a back breaker to access, and your suggestions show you are of sound mind and love your chickens!
I also agree and what happens when you open the door to get eggs and there is a hen on one. I don;t need to waste time chasing this spooked bird.
If you look closely at the roost you will see that the roosts are made of 2 x 3s with rounded edges on the 2″ side, providing a safe and comfortable surface for roosting.
If you have a breed that prefers to roost higher off the floor, it is easy enough to put the movable roosts up on blocks!
We have three different Hobbit Hole coop sizes, each with solutions for easy cleaning. We offer a removable floor liner with all of our coops. You can reach in with your hand or with a garden tool with a hooked end to get the handle on either side of the liner, and pull the litter covered liner right out the cleanout door. Dump the litter and hose/scrub the liner off and replace!
Our smallest coop design has a hinged roof for easy cleanout access and our largest coop is tall enough to walk into through the rear cleanout door.
The man who designs the Hobbit Holes (my husband) had spinal fusion surgery when he was 16, so he’s very conscientious about designing our Hobbit Holes so they are also very practical and easy to use.
My coop aint exactly cool, but it’s completely functional, and the birds seem happy. They are able to get high off the ground, and roost if they want to, have room to move, place for their eggs, and all the nesting and bedding they could possibly want. Plus in the summer, it easily becomes completely opened up cause i just take off all the wood and leave the hard wire as the coop so it can transition with the seasons as well, and for the most part, it’s pretty predator proof. Isn’t that what really matters, is that the chickens are happy?