When Deborah Wong needed a gorgeous modern coop to house her dream hens - Ameraucanas (known in NZ as Araucanas) which lay green eggs - she couldn’t find what she wanted. So she turned to the one person who could create her vision: her architect husband Peter Strzebniok.
But that vision took them 18 months and all of Peter’s experience in modular architecture. The result is the Moop, the modular coop. The key was creating a coop that was easy to ship as a kit, and easy to put together. It’s also a flexible design depending on an owner’s needs so a second run can be added, and the runs can be placed either parallel or perpendicular to the main coop.
It’s made of weather-proof plywood and has four cantilevered nesting boxes sitting over a main shelter. The slat walls allow for good air flow and are hinged for easy egg collection and cleaning. All the floors are lined with removable trays.
The couple then commissioned local ceramicists to create bespoke waterers and feeders out of cream stoneware.
Deborah’s hens (an Australorp and two Ameraucanas) free-range in the garden during the day and enjoy a view out over the Golden Gate Bridge. In return Deborah gets her green eggs.