Toro Cyn Chicken CoopFarmhouse Shed, Santa Barbara
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3. Butterfly Roof Sitting on a ranch property in a Santa Barbara, California, canyon, this whimsical, winged chicken coop has more design features than first meet the eye. The ranch owners enlisted the help of their friend Alex Wyndham, a builder and founder of Wyndhamdesign, to help bring their vision of a sustainable chicken coop into reality.
When these homeowners decided to raise chickens for fresh eggs, they already were growing much of their own food on their Santa Barbara, California, property.Friend and designer Alex Wyndham incorporated rainwater collection for the organic garden through an oversized butterfly roof that doubles as a shade structure. Salvaged redwood fencing for the doors and framing saved money in construction costs and also ties in with the couple’s nearby barn.See more of this butterfly-roofed chicken coop
Wyndham and his friends salvaged boards that had broken or fallen off their barn, to use for part of the structure and for the egg-laying shelves inside. While the couple currently has eight or nine hens and one rooster, the coop has room for up to 40. This project was a great creative outlet if not a huge moneymaker for Wyndham, who enjoyed helping out his good friends. And he did earn a lifetime supply of fresh eggs. Next: Ways to farm your yard