August 27, 2010

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together

My visit to the Smart Home at the Chicago Museum of Science + Industry, proved to be a launching pad for investigation for me and my family. I have found one of the greatest gifts of motherhood is the opportunity to learn and create together. Sometimes the simple questions, like “where do our eggs come from”, provides a spontaneous opportunity to design.
I recently picked up the Young Readers Edition of the Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan, for my boys to read.  If you are familiar with the original book, the new version for kids is a welcome introduction to the “secrets behind what you eat”. It has prompted some lively dinner discussion at my house, and investigation into our daily life design choices.
 
 
Discussions have ranged from “what really is organic”, to grass fed cattle, and startling imagery into the real meaning of “free range”. The challenge, when you have the information in hand, is what to do with it. We feel the responsibility to design a solution. What can I do to make a difference? A child’s capacity to embrace the opportunity for change is inspiring. All is possible. It’s simple. Never mind our village doesn’t allow it, or it might be difficult, or laborious; “Let’s just do it, Mom”. What a gift to see the world with such promise.
 
So, what exactly is Free Range?
The Prefab Chicken Coop is a thing of beauty, designed with function at the core, and expressed in a pleasing modern aesthetic, to complement any home. They can go almost anywhere, and seem right at home in an urban or suburban setting.  By reducing environmental impacts and encouraging domestic farming techniques, residential chicken coops offer a more sustainable farming method.  A few of our favorites follow.
 
Breed Retreat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicken Cribs
 
 
 
 
Omlet  Eglu
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
Yanko Design  Cocorico

We have learned some interesting things along the way.

"Did you know that just two chickens will provide you with between 10 and 12 delicious, fresh eggs a week? And it's so convenient, instead of going to the store on Sunday morning you can now collect your breakfast from the backyard"!  Omlet.com

“Chickens really aren't noisy. They get happy when they lay eggs and like to share the good news, but they don't make a lot of noise. There is actually no need for a rooster unless one plans to hatch eggs.  Chickens are warm and charming creatures that will love you, provide fantastic fertilizer for your garden and leave you wonderful edible gifts every day that are not full of chemicals or cruelty”. Majordojo.com
 
Life. One inspired design solution at a time.
 
Photographs courtesy of Yanko Design,  Omlet, , Chicken Cribs,  http://www.roije.com

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