2009 WAS THE YEAR OF THE CITY CHICKEN. THERE WERE SO MANY STORIES ABOUT THE POPULARITY OF CHICKEN RAISING IN URBAN AREAS. BUT ALL THESE CHICKS NEED A PLACE TO LIVE. YOU CAN DO-IT-YOURSELF A COOP OR PURCHASE A KIT SUCH AS THE ONE DEVELOPED BY CHICKENCRIBS.com.
We first spotted the Chicken Crib in the January 2010 issue of Sunset magazine. We got really excited because we recognized the names of the designers. The Crib is the design child of UC-Berkeley trained landscape architects Rusty Lamer and Andreas Stavropoulos. The design of this "quick and easy, self-assembly urban chicken coop" was informed by Rusty's experience living in a chicken coop in Italy (yes!) and Andreas's familiarity with urban farming vis-a-vis his friends.
The duo and their chick-shop are based in Oakland, California. Crib prices range from $550 (unpainted) to $750 (assembled for you if you live within 50 miles). The Crib kit arrives with "detailed assembly directions" and an assembly video is in production. Ordering information is available on the ChickenCrib.com website [http://www.chickencribs.com]. We wish we had a yard.