Photos by Danny Pendley and Robbie Caponetto

Did you happen to read our August story on Dixie Chickens? It was all about how Southerners are raising their own fowl, and we loved hearing the reactions from our readers. One of my favorite responses showed up in my inbox last week. A reader in Georgia was so inspired by the story, she had a French country-themed coop built in her backyard.

Photos courtesy Danny Pendley

The project took about 7 weeks to complete and her contractor says, "without a doubt, it was the talk of the town while it was being built."


The building materials include rough sawn lumber from the North Georgia Mountains that was distressed to give it an older look, tin that was aged 25 years in about a week, and re-purposed items that have been collecting dust to give it familiarity, instant history and curious quirkiness.


My favorite detail has got to be the chandelier that hangs inside. The homeowner plans to fill the coop with a variety of chickens to show off, enjoy, and share eggs with friends.


She and her contractor set out to build something that was charming, entertaining, and productive with a sense of having always been there. Well, I think the entire Southern Living staff agrees this coop was a total success.

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