When most of us start decorating for Christmas, we usually just decorate typical things: putting up a Christmas tree, placing a wreath on the door, and perhaps putting outdoor lights on our house. But the chicken coop in your yard can be a fun spot to add cheer and Christmas decorations too!
As Americans rediscover backyard chickens and maintaining chicken coops, we seem to increasingly enjoy the aesthetic of the small house in our backyard that houses our feathered egg-laying pets, and as these coops take on diverse forms that often emulate or match your home’s design and landscape, extending Christmas decorations to decorating your coop can be another way to make them homey.
Good Old Fashioned Holiday Fun
Decorating a chicken coop for Christmas might sound like the silliest thing ever, but when it comes to Christmas decorations, extravagance is half the fun. What makes Christmas magical is doing things we wouldn’t normally spend our effort on – like decorating a tree or baking really extravagant desserts. There’s something about this special time of year that makes something so over-the-top like decorating a chicken coop for Christmas somehow seem like a totally appropriate and fun way to celebrate the season.
Picking a style for your chicken coop Christmas decorations
There are so many fun ways to decorate a Christmas a chicken coop for Christmas. Whether you go for traditional multicolored Christmas lights along the roof and gutters of your chicken coop or choose a more modern decorating scheme like bright white icicle lights, it doesn’t take much effort to make your chicken coop the talk of the town. If you are in a neighborhood or area where your chicken coop is visible to your neighbors, your Christmas decorated chicken coop is sure to draw attention and bring delight to people who notice it. Who knows, it may even win you a coveted neighborhood award for best Christmas decorations!
I have always included Hawk Hill’s barns, coop, and outbuildings in my outdoor Christmas decorations. Below you can see some of the ways in which I decorated my entire farm for Christmas. Outfitting extra buildings like chicken coops and stables can be an added expense, but making your own wreaths, and buying decorations in the off-season are great ways to affordably grow your outdoor Christmas decorations.
You can read about my Horse Christmas decorations on another post, but today I wanted to write a quick note about decorating chicken coops. Chicken coops, are prime spots for unexpected Christmas-themed surprises.
For my coop, I hang a tiny wreath on the human door to the coop. This miniature wreath is made with artificial boxwood, but could easily be made with fresh greenery and a little bit of floral wire. The fun thing about making small decorations, is that they are easy to experiment with what you have. Unlike a large wreath on your front door that will welcome visitors off-season, decorations on the coop probably don’t need to look professional up close.
On the side of the coop that faces the roundabout driveway, I place a full-size wreath- which looks extra-big because of the sloped style of my vintage coop.
Some years, I take these flower planters I made from shipping crates and, after clearing out the debris of fall plantings, place fresh-cut Evergreen boughs- cut from the hedgerow at the property line of hawk hill- and partially bury them in the dirt. Kept cool by the December climate of Missouri, and damp by burying the cut ends and dirt, the Evergreen boughs stay fresh for weeks. I’m still keeping my eye out for some large, durable, outdoor Christmas ornament type decorations to add to the Evergreen boughs in my flower planters.
Decorating a chicken coop for other holidays.
While I personally only decorate my chicken coop for Christmas (and of course, outfitt it with planters and hanging baskets for each spring) you can decorate your chicken coop for many different holidays. Consider this: a haunted house haunted chicken coop adventure for neighborhood kids.
If you are chicken coop is currently inhabited by chickens, your Halloween holiday decorations for a chicken coop may be limited to the exterior of your coop, but if you have an old chicken coop or a sturdy old building on your property that used to be a chicken coop, it can make the perfect “tiny house haunted house”. Why go all out with an expensive (and often cheaply made) makeshift haunted house when you can convert your existing old chicken coop building into a scream-inducing tiny haunted house for a fraction of the cost.
If you don’t currently use your chicken coop for other purposes, you can even keep your chicken coop haunted house undisturbed through the rest of the year – when you return to get ready for next year’s Halloween, you’ll just have some authentic cobwebs added!
Decorating a chicken coop for Christmas might sound ridiculous, but so is chicken- sweater knitting, colored egg collecting, building chicken grazing boxes, making astroturf nest liners, and other regular practices of keeping chickens. For many of us, looking ridiculous is half the fun of keeping chickens.