NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Gorgeous Coops -

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.

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