design dump: building a poultry palace (part II)


After finishing your bucket list of what your feathered friends need for comfortable survival (see part I), its time to get to the creative part of figuring out the aviary architecture.  Sure, an old shed would do just fine but why not have some fun?  After all, you’ll be the one visiting this miniature edifice daily, so it might as well be aesthetically appealing, right? Right.

There are several books out there now that address backyard chickens and urban homesteading.  Many have coop plans and suggestions.  My current favs are:

  • Free Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom
  • Keeping Chickens by Ashley English
  • Reinventing the Chicken Coop by Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe
  • Barnyard in Your Backyard by Gail Damerow
  • The Backyard Homestead by Gail Damerow
  • How to Build Animal Housing by Carol Ekarius

In addition, there are great ideas on Pinterest and hip home websites such as Dwell and the Kitchn (under the umbrella of Apartment Therapy).  The idea here is to collect ideas and images.  Put them in a notebook, or better yet, tape all of them to a blank wall (use white artists’ tape from your local art or craft store so that the paint doesn’t come off).  No editing allowed (yet).  It doesn’t matter at this point if that coop you really dig is way out of your price range.  Dream big now and then focus on scaling back later.  This, my friends, is how good design is born.


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