Beau Coop

Hold on to your egg shells, farm sisters, because you might just …


when you hear this:

Neiman Marcus has unveiled its 86th annual Fantasy Gifts collection, and, MERCY!

The selection this year had me sucking air in through my teeth, then exhaling it in a whistle.

Got your Christmas gift list handy?

Well, then, take a gander at this lil’ beauty:

Who would’ve thought?

Those high-falutin’ city slickers

(bless their bejeweled hearts)

are elevating the age-old practice of backyard chicken farming to fine art.

Let me reiterate:

FINE art.

The price tag on the Beau Coop, in case you missed that discreet detail, is a cool …


That’s right.

Five zeros.

Granted, the Beau Coop is grand.

Who am I kidding?

It’s downright glam.

The farm-friendly folks out there in New York are wooing prospective poultry producers with a posh promo:

“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 … You’ve always fancied yourself a farmer—now thanks to Heritage Hen Farm, you’re doing it in the fanciest way possible!”

(Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus)

What chicken doesn’t crave her own chandelier?

Egg-straordinary, right?

To be fair, though, the Beau Coop Heritage Hen Mini Farm is not all feathers, fluff, and filthy-rich frivolity.

Really, now—stop that giggling.

For every Heritage Hen Mini Farm purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,000 to The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that protects genetic diversity through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds.

I’m all for that.

Just one question:

Does the coop come with a housekeeper?


  1. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Oh the things some people will do to help others. But to each his own. By the way, is this a hen house or a hen mansion? (tee, hee, hee!)

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I saw this last week on Cv online and thought, what are you kidding? Does it come with a/c and a grounds keeper? After I got over the sticker price, I have to admit it is really a cool hen house!

  3. Awesome, looks like something I could live in much less the chickens, it is awesom.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Looks like a nice “affordable” house for…me! We had chickens when I was a kid, and I don’t remember them being all that glamorous. I remember a lot of stinky smells, flying feathers, and lots and lots of manure to haul out one wheelbarrow load at a time. We kept our chicken coop nice and clean, but I can’t imagine storing my canning in there like they show in the picture! On the upside, anything to encourage people to farm is great!

  5. drMolly says:

    how utterly absurd!

  6. Shery says:

    Shades of Queen Victoria’s chicken coop! I saw an old lithograph of it online somewhere’z. How the English love their poultry. When my folks went to Plymouth years ago (to hook up with shirt-tail relatives), my momma noted that free-range eggs in restaurants were much more expensive and highly prized. Mom’s 1st words were “Chicky dink” – due to a print in their house that featured a little girl offering a pan of water to a baby chick. Grandma LOVED chickens. By the time I came along, arthritis no longer let her keep up with a milk cow and chicken chores. She made the best fried chicken EVER and she often said to me with a wink, “If you knew what a chicken ate, you’d never eat a chicken.” 🙂 Chickens are the catfish of the feathered kingdom … ok, maybe vultures place first. Much emphasis is put on keeping a clean coop and fresh food for hens, correctly true, but Grandma’s statement was true to the chicken’s basic nature … OH, how they love to freely scrounge and forage!!

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