I have a real soft spot for chickens (or chooks as I now call them). It started when my five year old daughter brought home three tiny week old chicks that had hatched as part of their egg incubation project in her classroom. Coco was one of those first chicks, and became a family pet, comfortably hanging out with our labrador (I am convinced she had an identity crisis and thought she was a dog) and rewarded us with lots of eggs and a really endearing personality.
Unfortunately, since then our brood has varied depending on our battles with the local fox and a rather menacing bully of a black cat. Naturally, I take a keen interest (some might call it an obsession) with chicken coop designs and so was really excited to discover the Daily Needs Chicken Coop by Studio Segers.
From someone who keeps chickens, I think that the Daily Needs Chicken Coop is inspired design. It consists of a series of units that you can compile as you wish, and enabling the coop to be moved around the garden / yard to reward your chickens with fresh grass/earth to scratch and fertilise. You will have very happy chickens and your lawn will love you for it!
Studio Segers are the Belgian studio responsible for the award winning Daily Needs Units, and consist of a super-creative family business. Founded in 1989 by Rita Westhovens and Wim Segers, and then joined by their son Bob Segers in 2009. Along with Marjan Brants, it is a team of experience and young creative talent with "a no nonsense approach where only sensible and down to earth concepts find their realisation".
This no-nonsense and down to earth approach is manifest in the Daily Needs Chicken Coop. It was developed with "social (back to basics) ecological (materials and function) and economic (local production) relevance".
The units also allow you to store tools, take a seat, grow vegetables or plants in the raised beds and then compost the waste as well.
The product is made of Thermowood, thermally treated pinewood from European Forests which will turn a lovely shade of grey as it ages. Furthermore, the Daily Needs Units as designed as flat pack units for cost effective transportation and assembly
So if you have been thinking about taking the leap and getting chickens, I hope that this gives you the inspiration to go and do it! You will not look back!