A Mt. Washington chicken coop to cluck about

City chickens, a species that came close to but never went extinct in Echo Park and other Eastside neighborhoods, are back in vogue, joining the Prius and reusable grocery sacks as symbols of the eco-elites. But a simple wire cage will not do for today’s urban chicken. An LA Times story today explains the four basic zones for a chicken coop and offers details of a Mt. Washington coop built by furniture designer Dakota Witzenburg:

“His innovations included a green roof planted with succulents, and he’s considering a pulley system to make raising the roof easier. He chose yellow cedar and redwood planks not just for their sturdiness, but for the patina. ‘I didn’t want it to be something I had to maintain,’ he said. ‘This will gray out nicely.'”

Witzenburg and his wife, Audrey Diehl, have more details on their blog, Green Frieda.

Photo: Green Fieda

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