April 18, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Ideal for urban living, the strong yet lightweight 100% recyclable aluminum Hen’s Dream Chicken Coop is for chicken keepers looking for a high style rust resistant low-maintenance coop.
Along with their love of gardening, Trix and Jade Toma of ModoVerde were inspired to design the Hen’s Dream after raising two chickens, Pepper and Ginger. As they explain, they were inspired by “the idea of having chickens be part of the growing of things and completing the natural cycle.”
Slots near the coop’s roof line vent accumulate hot air, enabling air circulation throughout. As side walls become warm with the winter sun, they heat the coop, and the stored heat maintains the Coop’s inside temperature keeping chicks toasty. The designers claim, although I’m not sure about this, that the summer sun will fall mainly on the roof top, shading the Coop to keep it cool. But roof insulation can be further enhanced by inserting 1″ coconut fiber or insulation foam between the rafters on the inside of the roof’s metal plate, greatly reducing the amount of interior heat.
The coop’s metal construction is moisture resistant, helpful in warding off fungi or bacteria growth. It’s easy to clean: just hose it down, and with the open bottom, all water drains off leaving no residuals behind.
The Hen’s Dream Coop accommodates four full size chickens. There is a built-in nesting shelf on one end of the coop accessed by a back flip gate door. A wooden roosting rod runs across, and tow sliding windows on the sides enable easy access to the egg laying area.