10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Backyard Chickens

Meet the real hens of Hollywood.

May 19, 2017
Julia Roberts is one of many celebrities who have chickens.
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Love the idea of keeping backyard chickens? So does Julia Roberts, and a lot of other Hollywood A-listers, who are joining us in our love of backyard birds. They’re building their own coops in their backyards, keeping chickens as pets—and enjoying the eggs (and companionship!) that follow.

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From feeding their birds the finest fruits and veggies to dressing their hens up in designer threads, these celebs give a whole new meaning to the term free-range. 

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Nicole Richie

Reality TV starlet Nicole Richie and her family have access to fresh eggs on a daily basis. And her flock of five is well cared for. “I built them their own edible garden,” she said, during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “We’re eating their eggs! And it’s important they have their own vegetables that I’m growing for them.” The fashion designer has raved about bonding with her birds and frequently posts SnapChat videos of herself hanging in the coop with her hens.

You can check out her flock on Instagram @NicoleRichie.

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Michelle Branch

When she’s not in the studio, Grammy award-winning songstress Michelle Branch spends her time in the garden (those are her raised beds, above) and kitchen. She’s an avid foodie, the co-host of Cook Taste Eat and loves her meals fresh and local. So when she had the chance to build a chicken coop in the backyard of her Los Angeles home, she jumped at the chance.

“It really started with me being such a weirdo about where I get eggs from,” she said, while giving a video tour of her fowl. “[I] started buying them at the market, organic, free range. Then started talking to friends who have flocks.” (Here are the 12 best egg companies in America.)

So after checking her city ordinances and getting the approval, the singer/songwriter adopted a clan of chickens that was in need of a home and relocated them to her backyard. While she lets her hens wander about the yard eating bugs, the performer jokes that he daughter has taken to feeding them an array of fresh produce. “We’ll go the market and buy organic berries and grapes. I’ll go to use it and be like ‘where it is?’ and she’ll dump the whole thing out in the yard for the chickens. They are spoiled to death!” she jokes.

Keep up with her hens on Instagram @MichelleBranch.

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Ellen Pompeo

Between caring for her three kids and working long hours on the set of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo is one busy lady. But running to the market to pick up a batch of fresh eggs is one thing the multi-tasker doesn’t have to add to her To Do list. She has her own chicken coop in her backyard and owns several hens and a male rooster. And though her birds have their own special den – “They do have a very secure coop that was built by a wonderful contractor,” she said, during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – they still get to enjoy some time to wander around the property.

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“I let them roam free for a part of the day because they get agitated if they’re all cooped up,” she notes. And keeping her flock safe is of the upmost concern. “The chicken wire has to go like 3-feet deep to make sure that no rodents [get in],” she explains.

Keep up with Pompeo and her flock on her Instagram: @ellenpompeo.

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Oprah

Chickens have officially made the list of one of Oprah’s favorite things. The former talk show host keeps a clan of hens and roosters on her property and makes collecting their eggs a daily endeavor. The famed talk show host is known for posting pictures on her social media pages of herself filling a basket to the brim with homegrown eggs. (Here are 14 things you didn't know you could do with eggs.)

She often posts about her farm fresh eggs on her Instagram page: @oprah.

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​Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley is another star that loves to talk about her backyard chickens. In fact, her feathery friends are a common topic on her various social media pages, with tweets such as the following: “Good morning. It’s another ravishing day in the country. Off to feed the chickens.”

The Royals star owns a farm in England, where she grows her own organic food and caters to her flock. She often posts photos of her chickens on Instagram as well as images of her breakfast made from her backyard eggs.

Pics of her chicks can be seen on the star’s Instagram account: @elizabethhurley1

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand’s home resembles a very chic barn. (That's a 4,000-pound old-school water wheel at her Malibu home pictured, above.) And to complete the picture, the ten time Grammy award-winning singer keeps her very own coop. And the best part? Streisand’s hens lay green eggs. We know where we’re going for St. Patrick’s Day! @barbarastreisand

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Kate Hudson

During an on interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Kate Hudson revealed that she too is a keeper of backyard chickens.

“I have fresh eggs every morning. I have five chickens. First they are really fun for the kids but I’m obsessed. I love chickens. I named them after five first ladies. I’ve got a Hillary chicken, I’ve got a Michelle chicken, Martha,” the Almost Famous star revealed.

You might see a chicken or two pop up on Hudson’s Instagram feed: @katehudson.

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Reese Witherspoon

 In 2010, Reese Witherspoon joked that all she wanted for Christmas was “a good chicken coop.” She reportedly has 20 hens and a rooster on her Ojai, California ranch so it looks like her dreams were finally fulfilled. And collecting her own eggs is only the beginning of the Wild star’s animal care duties. She also has pigs, donkeys, and horses.

“We feed the chickens and the pigs – I have two pigs, and boy are they really pigs. They just get down in that mud and roll around,” she says. To clear her head, the Big Little Lies actress enjoys “getting down in there and working in the garden.”

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Peep pics of Witherspoon’s animal clan on her official Instagram account @ReeseWitherspoon.

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Jennifer Aniston

When Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Justin Theroux bought their Bel Air, California home in 2012, it came with a coop of chickens. Since then, the star has fully embraced the backyard farm life. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the Friends actress brought the host a half dozen of her fresh homegrown eggs.

“We inherited 12 chickens on our property. They pop them out like crazy so we just keep giving them away,” she joked. When asked about her birds, Aniston revealed, “They love pasta. They love to be talked to.” 

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Aniston doesn't keep an Instagram account; she shared the photo above of her hens' output ("our chickens have been hard at work") during a one-day takeover of @livingproofinc.

Julia Roberts is one of many celebrities who have chickens.
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Julia Roberts

The Pretty Woman star is a huge fan of healthy living. In a 2014 interview with InStyle, Roberts was quoted as saying, "My husband is a very healthy and environmentally minded person, so we grow food at our house. We raise chickens for eggs. We live in a world where really fresh produce and organic food are a financial luxury, so if we have that luxury I'm going to take advantage of it for my family.”

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