The obsession started about a year ago when Chris and I went on the Henside the Beltline Tour d'Coop. We thought it'd be fun to build our own coop and house some chickens and being the nice folks that we are, we (stupidly) asked the homeowners association if we could build a coop. What do you think they said?
Yeah, that was a no.
More specifically, when we submitted our coop plans, the response was, "Coop is inconsistent with neighborhood."
Then we put the house on the market and kind of dropped the issue, but now we're in a house without an HOA, so anything goes! I'd love to build a coop, but this 90+ degree weather has to ease up before we take on building a coop (which means probably October at the earliest).
There are all sorts of different shapes and sizes of coops (check out http://www.backyardchickens.com/), but something simple is what I have in mind to house about 4 hens:
And look at all the varieties of chickens you can get!!!
Plus, look how cute the baby Silkie chicks are!