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Cool Chicken House

Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a structure that complemented his house, a modern barn in Rockland County. 

The main house uses new and salvaged lumberyard materials, including an inexpensive sliding window from Lowe’s. There's a planting box under the window. The sleeping area is completely insulated with rigid foam sheathing. For cold nights there is a heat lamp.

The structure of the coop was inspired by the new bus shelters and newsstands in New York City.

Another view of the finished coop.
"The hens eat organic layer pellets and household leftovers. They go crazy for grapes. We are averaging three to four eggs a day."

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