Sunday, July 5, 2009

Urban Chickens Build - 6

The final installment, the completion of the Chicken Cube, with ramp, some final security measures, ecoroof, and rain chain downspout. The ecoroof plants were leftovers from the Ecoroof Vendor Fair and had a diverse variety of sedums along with some native and other perennials, grasses, and herbs.

The front side, with all the hardware cloth installed and the new ramp.

And the back side, planted and rain chain installed.

A closeup of the ecoroof, newly planted.

The roof plantings include (amongst some others):

:: Sedum oreganum
:: Sedum spathifolium 'Purpureum'
:: Sedum spathifolium 'Cape Blanco'
:: Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'
:: Oreganum
:: Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
:: Dianthus
:: Festuca glauca 'Elijah's Blue'
:: Allium
:: Lewisia columbiana

We threw in some Ajuga and a few other perennial groundcovers up there to see how they'd do, and expect to try a few others as the initial mix sorts itself out.

And the patient residents waiting to move in. We did have a scare with one of the little ones getting pounced on by the dog after jumping the fence of our temporary run... all the chicks are doing well - and have now christened the interior with their own style. Welcome Katherine, Billy, Dinah, and Abby.

:: (c) all images copyright Jason King


  1. That is one super stylish chicken coop, looks fabulous. I totally dig the wood siding and of course the green roof. Nice work!

  2. Just missing some construction action shots! So like an landscape architect to forget the least you got the chickens.

    Are you giving Urban Chicken Coup tours in Portland now?

  3. haha.
    well SuSu and my sister Suzanne who helped didn't want any shots of themselves up on the blog - in fact running away when I aimed a camera in their general direction. Aside from that it was pretty much me and the dog, and she's a really bad photographer (and helper if we're really being honest :)

    There is the upcoming Tour de Coops put on by Growing Gardens - we were late for entering this year, but hoping to get on for next year!

  4. Great concept; very innovative design. What a great example of useable sustainability in the urban environment.

  5. Divine... simply divine. A stylish 'shed' for chickens, a la Debra Prinzing's book. You're on top of this trend in every way, puns sincerely intended. Alice

  6. FYI,, a sometimes on the mark, often sour, whiny and needlessly ad-hominem blog run by political staffers from the previous right-wing Vancouver city council, snapped up the third photo on this post and are using it (without attribution/credit) to oppose emergency homeless shelters (that were admittedly poorly planned and implemented), to ridicule a recent council decision to explore allowing chickens in the city, and to take an unrelated stab at efforts to improve cycling facilities on one of three bridges into downtown. Thought you might be curious as to where your (great) work is ending up. Check out for the post.

  7. thanks for the heads up Desmond... not a terribly funny political satire by Mr. Klassen to say the least. I'd at least be less offended if it were somewhat witty.

    I've asked them to remove the image - so we'll see...

  8. Fantastic green coop! I was just in Portland on a urban stormwater tour - my wife & I would have loved to see the green roof chicken house! How many hens will you be accommodating? We have a movable chicken tractor that handles 8 hens pretty well, but we let them have the run of the yard most days.

    I love your blog - keep up the great work!


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