Geek Chicken Coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by calista, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2010
    In this interesting article from Wired magazine called "Geek Gardening: A Wired Guide To Domestic Terraforming," there are three backyard garden set-ups that include chickens and a coop. What I like about the approach is showing that just about any backyard can have chickens where ordinances allow it:

    1. 20' x 30' : "The postage stamp behind your row house has enough room for several raised beds that, combined with fence-mounted planter boxes and movable containers, should sate the fruit and vegetable appetites of a family of four in summer and fall. A small potato crop piles on some additional calories, and three laying hens will supply you with eggs for most of the year. Plus, chicken poop provides a nitrogen-rich base for your compost tumbler. Your little ecosystem won’t exactly save you money—if you figure that organic feed is 72 cents a pound and the birds will each eat 2 pounds of chow a week, the dozen or so eggs you’ll get weekly will cost around $4."

    Chickens and Eggs

    "If city regulations permit, you have just enough room for laying hens (keep three or more for ideal flock dynamics). House your egg factories in a three-room condo with an enclosed, slat-floored nesting/laying level at a height good for gathering eggs and cleaning up; a mesh-enclosed, slat-floored lower-level platform for fowl to eat and drink; and a ground-level sandbox for scratching and dusting."


    2. 32' x 48' : "High-quality animal protein isn’t sustainable, but it sure is delicious. A few laying hens will gobble up kitchen scraps, bugs from fallow garden beds, pests you hand-pick off crops, and crickets. (Raise your own in a tall container indoors; you’ll need a dozen males and a dozen females to start.)"


    3. 40' x 60' : "Chickens convert feed to flesh super efficiently. (Raise eight chicks at a time and give them the ax at two months to keep the freezer stocked.) Dual-purpose breeds like Barred Plymouth Rock also provide eggs. Supplement their diet with snails and sic them on the bugs in your orchard."


    Here's the whole article:
  2. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    NW Missouri
    I think the layouts of the three gardens are really nice. And I love that a magazine like Wired gets into that topic. Hopefully more and more people realize how rewarding it is to have their own garden and even some chickens.
  3. cafe

    cafe Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    West Central Indiana
    I think I'm in love. [​IMG]

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