Was the nogg, an egg-shaped backyard chicken coop, a touch too sci-fi chic for your tastes? Would a modern henhouse that appears to have come straight from the pages of Dwell magazine be more your speed?
Well, looky here … Dwell recently featured such a project that's made quite the splash around the green design blogosphere. Built by erstwhile Brooklynite architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin in the backyard of their new digs — a craftsman bungalow in Portland, Oregon — this tastefully designed coop is an insulated four-foot cube framed with two-by-fours and finished with reclaimed cedar siding. Two upper windows provide ventilation for the coops very clucky residents —Da’ Frizzle Fo’ Shizzle, Barred Rock Obama, and a third unnamed hen — while the roof of the structure is topped with native sedum plants.
They have the same considerations of comfort and protection from the elements. Each one has a certain square-footage requirement. The coop has to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There needs to be ventilation.