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Photo gallery: All cooped up

These luxury chicken coops will have you crowing

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Lauri Kranz, left, Eleanor Sisgold, Alison Hersel, Jane Buecker, Vivienne Kremser and Abby Hersel, stand outside the Hersel family chicken coop in Malibu. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Alison Hersel, left, tends to her chicken coop with coop designer Lauri Kranz, right, of Edible Gardens L.A. (Los Angeles Times)
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The large walk-in coop, designed and built by Edible Gardens L.A., offers ample room to roam.  (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Alison Hersel smiles while collecting eggs from the chicken coop on her organic farm in Malibu. She calls her property Plumcot Farm and is growing hundreds of different types of fruits and vegetables. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Chickens graze, under supervision, outside their coop at Plumcot Farm in Malibu.  (Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)
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Meeno Peluce, left, Ilse Ackermann and their daughter, Mette, with their Lavender Orpington Maeve at home in Lincoln Heights. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Mette Peluce feeds the chickens at home on Skyfarm.  (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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The coop’s black charred exterior makes a statement in an orchard filled with colorful native plants and edibles. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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Ilse Ackerman, Meeno Peluce and their daughter, Mette, in their orchard at Skyfarm.  (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
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Skyfarm is a hidden gem that offers an escape from the city and of course, some feathered friends.  (Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times)
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Ellen Marie Bennett and husband Casey Caplowe designed and built a Midcentury Modern chicken coop inspired by Charles Eames.  (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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One of the Silkies known as “The Ladies.”  (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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The Silkies at home in Echo Park.  (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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Ellen Marie Bennett at home in Echo Park with her chickens and her pig, Oliver.  (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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Irwin Miller, with two of his Silver Laced Cochins, furnished his custom coop with a motorized ChickenGuard automatic door opener and a crystal chandelier. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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Irwin Miller feeds the hens at home in Bel-Air. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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“It is extraordinary to have chickens and fresh eggs and engage with them,” says gardening consultant Lauri Kranz, author of the recent book “A Garden Can Be Anywhere: Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens.” (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
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Irwin Miller and son Luca, 10, right. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times)
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Trish Sie cuddles Ruby at home in Los Feliz.  (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Padma hangs out in her chicken coop, a Western red cedar rolltop walk-in structure from Urban Coop (starting at $4,700). (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Designed for 20 chickens, the Urban Coop structure arrived in 12 flats and took Roe Sie a week to assemble. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Trish and Roe Sie personalized their Urban Coop by hanging framed photographs of roosters above the roost area, along with an image of one lone hen, “in case one of the flock is a lesbian or nonconforming,” Trish says jokingly. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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Kate Richards holds Princess Vespa, a Delaware chicken, inside her custom-built chicken coop. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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A Belgian D’uccle chicken inside the nesting box, which features vinyl wallpaper. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Kate Richards’ hilarious website Drinking With Chickens encourages readers to interact with their chickens while enjoying a “garden-to-glass” cocktail like this guava rose spritz.  (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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A custom water feature, purchased long ago from Ballard Designs. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Kate Richards’ coop features an interior chicken run. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Roosting bars are surrounded by vinyl peel-and-stick botanical block-print wallpaper by Sarah Treu, from Spoonflower ($7.50 per foot). (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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