The Moop

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Gorgeous Coops -

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.

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