…which came first – the lobster or the chicken?

It seems I may have been wrong about the label I put on my new crate! I was told it was a lobster crate, I bought what was labeled as a lobster crate a few months ago and when I Google “lobster crate” I find pictures of the piece I have!

My ever vigilant Readers insist I have a chicken crate. As much as I wish I was raised on a farm to encounter one myself, I was not.

In my defense, it does look rather short to hold chickens and I still have yet to find an image with chicken actually IN one. That being said, I did find quite a few images of what DIYers have done with said crate.





I concede to the chicken thing, but insist on it’s coolness :)


  1. Meg says:

    i thought someone out there would let you know. i hate to say it but you don’t want to see the chickens in these or you are sure to become a vegetarian. they use plastic now but there are multiple chickens put in to these crates for shipping and then stack the crates on the truck

  2. Brenda says:

    It’s just super cool no matter WHAT it is! It could be a mosquito catcher and I would still use it in my decor. Great find!

  3. Brenda says:

    It’s just super cool no matter WHAT it is! It could be a mosquito catcher and I would still use it in my decor. Great find!

  4. Mary says:

    I agree – its cool either way. As a New England girl, I was thinking I had never seen a lobster crate look like that before – but what do I know? Usually lobster crates (referred to as “lobster pots” or ” lobster traps” in NE) have openings on all four sides to let water out and one side with a net to allow the lobster in but not out. A lot of tiny shabby Cape Cod cottages we stayed in when I was a kid used them as the base for a coffee table :)

  5. Vikki says:

    ~~Lobster Chicken~~ There Both Good~~ Vikki

  6. christina larsen says:

    Hi, I found your blog after watching your ASCP videos, thanks for all of your help. I just had a quick question on the color of your dining room chairs. I have a very similar table with 6 chairs and I purchased the Old White paint to re-do them, (chairs not table) however, after painting an end table in the old white I feel it will be too “white”. I was just curious what color you used because I like the look that you achieved. Thanks.

    BTW, chicken crate or lobster; I think it is cool! :)

  7. charlsey says:

    I have a similar one and it definitely was a chicken coop. When I bought it, I also acquired the feathers and the p**p to go along with it. I had a glass top cut for mine and used for a coffee table. Now my daughter has it.

  8. Alison says:

    Surely its not tall enough to house chickens but then again, I’m not experienced in either chickens or lobsters … either way its a cool vintage find.

  9. Lisa Hayes says:

    Lobster/ Chicken, whatever !! I still am interested in purchasing the crate/ coop :) How funny

  10. Pam says:

    I was raised on a farm (Texas) and this does not look like a “chicken thing.” Baby chicks (peeps) require plastic with bedding so they don’t slip around, and solid sides…no drafts. Older chicks (pullets) can be on wire, and brooders/layers go in regular coops at 8 weeks. Lobsters? I don’t know…I never lived on the East coast, but whatever….I really like it!! Did everyone like the 4H lesson?? LOL:)

  11. Jenn says:

    I just found a bunch of these antique wooden chicken/lobster crates for sale for $40.00 each!!! I immediately thought of all the cool pics you posted of them and I will be doing my best to buy them all and fix them up! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

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