Birds in the Boroughs.

The CE and I are currently pretending to be New Yorkers, but we’ve still got chickens on the brain. Last night we walked up to Broadway on a perfect NYC summer evening and sat outside at The Smith (I recommend the lamb chops washed down with their Midtown Manhattan!) where, instead of people-watching, we were glued to our phones, viewing the latest pictures of our fast-growing chicks back home.

Dave sent this shot last week while he and Karen were baby-sitting the flock:

The little ones were already ruling the roost last week.

The little ones were already ruling the roost last week.

Lori is now the acting flock keeper and sent this shot yesterday:

The chicks are already half Pippa's size! Motherhood is going to get complicated soon for her, I fear.

The chicks are already half Pippa’s size! Motherhood is going to get complicated soon for her, I fear.

We are somewhat emboldened in exposing our poultry compulsions (speaking of which, another recent great NYC meal we can recommend is the Pollo al mattone at A Voce in the Time-Warner Center, accompanied by a nice Pinot Nero they serve there) because we now know that we aren’t the only chicken lovers in the city. Just in case you missed it, the New York Times donned overalls and farm boots recently to report on (live) poultry proliferation right here in New York neighborhoods. I’m not sure if any nearby roof terraces in Columbus Circle are harboring chicken coops, but according to the NYT article, they flourish in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, where “a clucking hen can wander into a neighbor’s yard for a snack of petunias or a nap on the doormat.”

6-year-old Riley Harrigan and her Barred Rock were featured in a recent  NYT article about chicken and bee-keeping in the city. (NYT photo)

6-year-old Riley Harrigan and her Barred Rock were featured in a recent NYT article about chicken and bee-keeping in the city. (NYT photo)

The only thing missing is a coop sophisticated enough for these New York City chickens, right?

Boom. Its done.

Check in box. (Or, rather, chick in box, as it may be…)

Recent Columbia architecture graduate Della Krantz Leapman has designed a chicken coop for the post-modern flock keeper: sleek and attractive, it is also equipped with a solar-powered door that lets the hens greet the dawn while the urban farmers laze in bed with their morning coffee.

Note that the roof is slanted to catch rain water for the adjacent garden bed.

Note that the roof is slanted to catch rain water for the adjacent garden bed.

I think Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud!

I think Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud!

Close-up of the solar-powered door

Close-up of the solar-powered door

The automatic door is rigged with a sound that alerts the chickens to “last call” before the door automatically closes at dusk, giving them time to scurry inside and roost for the night.

I’m all for a chicken in every pot (ohmygosh that reminds me: son Daniel ordered the Double-Fried Chicken at Standard Grill, served with Cole Slaw and Biscuits and it looked divine!) but with this fast-paced city life, how about a chicken or two on every block? I think Ms. Leapman’s chicken coop would be a cluckingly good addition to any NYC neighborhood!

And if you still have any doubt about the importance of poultry (on or off the plate!) I will leave you with this beauty by William Carlos Williams:

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Birds in the Boroughs.

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Lots of poultry fun. However, not too impressed by Leapman’s solar door as I am currently awaiting city building permit for our coop improvements. These include snack bar, spa, gym, massage room and mani/pedi facility with scale removal equipment. Nothing too good for Supermom Pippa and her new girls.

  2. katherine says:

    Nothing IS too good for the ones in your Taj Ma-hen. Heck, I’d move in there in a heart-beat. I’d also go live in Della’s coop. Or anything else she’s designed. Love seeing it on the blog!!!

  3. Angela Gutsche DiGaetano says:

    Love that red door!

  4. Along A Path says:

    That coop is marvellous! I love the V-shaped roof to reclaim water.
    M :o)

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