Chicken Coop Living Roof and Happy Chickens

The reason we now have such a nice chicken coop is that it was built by Billy Cummings and not me. All I did was put on the exterior siding, The chickens absolutely love the place. They have a big yard outside (with surround aviary wire — going down into the ground at perimeter) and a cozy rat-proof room in which they roost. Concrete floor, covered with straw. The roof is filling in nicely.

   The weather has been blue-skies, clear, warm during day, which I find a bit creepy. The woods are dry. The aquifers need replenishing.

   “Really love the rain, against my window…” –Toots in Memphis. Fabulous album, 1988, with Muscle Shoals backup, I swear Toots in channeling Otis here.

   Saw first episode of new season’s “Shameless” last night. Wicked!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Chicken Coop Living Roof and Happy Chickens

  1. I would imagine you would build the roof with a bit of a slant to handle the drainage, or you could always add gutters but that would probably drain too much. Notice the garden looks to be a layer above the board around the top edge of the building. It overhangs the building so perhaps it has drain holes in that over hang. I think there are several possibilities.

  2. Do the chickens eat all the vegetation off the roof garden? I would love to do this but if the chickens have access to the roof they would just scratch it up and eat it up. They would be happy though!

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