Poultry Houses of the Ultra Wealthy: Part 2

Are $100,000 chicken coops a sign of an empire on the verge of a decadent downward spiral? If so it’s time to get that bug-out location ready because Neiman Marcus publicity flacks just announced a $100,000 “Heritage Hen Mini-Farm.” From the description on their website:

Dawn breaks. The hens descend from their bespoke Versailles-inspired Le Petit Trianon house to their playground below for a morning wing stretch. Slipping on your wellies, you start for the coop and are greeted by the pleasant clucking of your specially chosen flock and the site of the poshest hen house ever imagined. Your custom-made multilevel dwelling features a nesting area, a “living room” for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken and gardening books for visitors of the human kind, and, of course, an elegant chandelier. The environment suits them well as you notice the fresh eggs awaiting morning collection. Nearby, you pick fresh vegetables or herbs from your custom-built raised gardens. You’ve always fancied yourself a farmer—now thanks to Heritage Hen Farm, you’re doing it in the fanciest way possible!

The Neiman Marcus folks apparently didn’t get the memo on what happened to the original owner of Le Petit Trianon. Those angry mobs of real French peasants weren’t all too happy with a royal family of pretend farmers. Will Neiman Marcus offer a diamond encrusted Gucci guillotine when the chicken coop class war breaks out?

And, in my humble opinion, British hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has a better coop.

Thanks to Root Simple reader Birdzilla Studios for the tip! 

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  1. A chandelier? Books in a chicken coop? Really?
    And what will these Thurston and Lovey Howells do when the manure gets all over their Wellies? Or do they hire someone to clean their chicken Versailles so they don’t actually have to touch anything icky? Maybe it’s the same people who build the “custom-built” raised vegetable beds. The whole thing just boggles the mind. But if there’s money to be made . . .

  2. A fool and his money shall soon part.

    Our current coop only cost us the price of a box of nails from one of the recycled house parts stores,so what like $4, because we recycled from the old coop.

  3. Wow! I was feeling a teensy guilty over my newly built “chicken chapel” but this story totally put my conscience at ease. I’m gonna show my hubbie this blog and say “See babes! You thought my design was over-the-top..it could have been WAY worse!” LOL

  4. I realize the whole thing is a publicity stunt, so I shouldn’t let it get me riled. But the whole thing was supposedly designed by “chicken experts” who know darn well that you cannot combine white walls, books, huge pane glass windows and chandeliers with the small, feathery agents of destruction which we call “chickens.” No matter how many servants you have.

  5. I sort of thought the book area and chandelier “for visitors” was in an area not accessible to chickens. But, it is over the top. Actually, it looks better than my house and is probably a better domicile for humans.

    Right now, I am collecting wood for my “free” chicken house to replace the two Rubbermaid plastic boxes.

  6. I just have a couple of things to think about when I see that :
    Chicken poop
    Chicken dandruff.
    I love my chickie-poos as much as the next person, but wow. That is so unrealistic.
    You can make a really cute chicken house with scraps of wood and tin roofing. A bit of paint and creativity you can have a work of art. Just saying.

  7. Is it just me, or are at least 3 of those 4 chickens pictured roosters?? The one facing the camera is unclear, but the rest look pretty much certainly like roosters — handsome ones!!

  8. If you earn money I think you should be able to spend it on whatever you want. Even if it is something frivolous like a lavishly ridiculous chicken coop. No need to poke fun.

  9. One of my “room” mates in SLO (Funston House ’72-73)lived in an abandoned chicken coop in the backyard. More shack than chateau, and hardly the place for sipping lattes, although one might have found a scruffy bunch slurping up curry.

  10. I clicked on “British hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has a better coop” and the link is dead :/

    More podcasts and videos please! :)

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