I have written articles previously about our families outlaw past and our experiences of living outside the law. We had illegal chickens for 4 years in our previous abode, flaunting the laws of the land. Jennifer has written a great article about how to legalize chickens in your local area if you aren't the anti-establishment type. If you are more inclined to break the law, I just found out about a new type of chicken coop that is cropping up across the land. The stealth chicken coop, or low profile chicken coop.
Apparently, chicken lovers are starting to design homes for their chickens that blend in to suburbia so that others don't even notice that they have chickens in their backyard. I love it!
My Pet Chicken has this stealth coop that looks like a garbage can from the front. Granted, it is a small coop but it would work well for a small backyard farm.
The Nogg chicken coop looks more like a piece of art than a chicken coop. I do question how well it would work for cleaning and whether chickens would even like it.
This website has plans for a low profile coop that just hooks on to the side of your house. I like this one a lot for 1 or 2 chickens that can roam in your backyard.
If you google stealth coops or low profile coops online you can find a lot of options for building a coop that fits into your neighborhood. Many look like sheds, playhouses, and some are just hidden under porches or decks. I love the idea of secret chicken underground movement where backyard chicken farmers whisper to each other about their fresh eggs and beautiful birds. One day we will all rise up and happy, free, backyard chickens will take over the large