Green Obsession: Chicken Coops

Green Obsession: Chicken Coops

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 21, 2007

Yes. We're sort of obsessed with chickens.

It's strange. And, we don't know if it's because we're reading The Omnivore's Dilemma or because of recently hearing Alice Waters speak on locally produced food, but we've been thinking about how great it would be to have a few.

We've heard that they make nice pets and then of course there are the fresh eggs and the homemade fertilizer (a euphemism if we've ever written one).

So we've been casually looking at coops.

Of course, having chickens right now (without a yard) is out of the question.

Still, it's fun to look. The EcoCoop (pictured) is a movable, small coop made largely out of recycled materials.

We also like Wine Country Coops. Although they don't seem to use recycled materials, their coops are prefabricated, which means there is little waste. And they'll design them to match your house.

We really thought urban chicken raising was out of the question until we heard Jennifer Roberts, San Francisco- based author of Good Green Kitchens, mention that she recently bought a few and is raising them in the city.

Do any of our readers have chickens? How's that going?

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