Matthew Wolpe and Kevin Mcelroy are friends who met through their building and design work, and came up with the idea of celebrating selfsufficiency by working on a project that combined their two favourites things: gardening and smart design. The result was the Chick-in-a-box, a colourful, unique coop which won them a design award back in 2010.
The most unusual facet is the butterfly roof which does have a practical purpose, capturing water for the coop, however Matt says he’d just always wanted to build a structure that inspired a sense of wonder.
The design comes apart easily, forming four pieces so it can be moved, and is easy enough for a DIYER to make. The front is two doors, one a removable screen, the other an entry door that folds down to become a ramp for the hens. There are two nesting boxes, with entry from the outside to make egg-gathering easy.