Students in Studio H, a design-build program for high school students in Bertie County, North Carolina, recently completed their second major project. The project required the design and construction of three, unique, full-scale, chicken coops to house six chickens each. Students had a budget of $500 per coop, but they also incorporated reclaimed and repurposed materials. Here are the chicken coop designs:
If you’re thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it. You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop. Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell. It’s framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.
Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically. If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright. His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks. The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.