Covert Chicken Coop

We’ve found an easy way to keep our chickens hidden in plain sight.

| February/March 2011

trampoline coop

This trampoline provides a frame for a moveable, backyard chicken pen.


We live in a neighborhood where chickens are not exactly welcomed, but they are not specifically prohibited. So we decided the best course of action was to keep our feathered friends out of sight.

The original plan was to use a small chicken tractor that would only be moved in the backyard, but then the solution hit me as I was mowing. Every time we mow, we have to move our children’s trampoline. We placed chicken wire around the base, and voilà: a large, comfortable and camouflaged chicken enclosure that keeps our hens hidden in plain sight.

Chad Stout
Shelby, North Carolina 

4/21/2015 8:03:20 AM

What a great idea. I have been thinking about building a chicken tractor for my son's 6 chickens. I think I will do this instead. I am already having to move the trampoline to mow. The trampoline also has more coop area to run around in versus the chicken tractor that I was going to build.

silas longshot
12/27/2011 1:54:32 AM

LOL! A whole new spin on 'covert ops'. Just don't get a rooster, they'll crow and blow your cover! prepare now.

zanne horvath
12/26/2011 5:39:54 PM

Good repurposing! I think it's brainy. In the meantime you can put out feelers for info on how to have the chickens legally - here must be some others that are "hiding" their chickens.

james reynolds
12/26/2011 2:40:11 PM

now this ticks me off! why didn't I think of that?? DUH! I love this idea!! I think I'm gonna buy me a trampoline for my back yard. TY Sir for sharing. Much appreciated.
1/25/2011 8:25:01 PM

I dunno-- I wouldn't test that with a bunch of hungry raccoons! And electric wire isn't much of an option with this set-up! Good thinking but you might want to secure the top and bottom a bit tighter?

1/25/2011 6:42:19 PM

I'm assuming you have no issues there with dogs or racoons etc as the set-up looks a little weak on 'defenses'

1/25/2011 6:20:27 PM

What happens to the chickens when the kids are jumping on the trampoline?!
1/25/2011 6:14:36 PM

I love this idea. How unique and inventive.

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