My sister sent me this New York Times piece and slide show about Wijlre Castle, in the Netherlands, which, besides having gorgeous grounds and an amazing art collection, sports a glass-walled, indoor/outdoor chicken coop.
According to the Times, when the couple renovated an old tool shed on their grounds, they asked their architecht to create "a space with room for a gallery, a henhouse, a greenhouse for orchids and a tool shed." He was a bit surprised at first, but, as a chicken-lover, he embraced the challenge. The result looks really cool: art on one side and ultra-modern chicken living on the other.
I feel like it would be so cool to be able to watch your hens scratch and cluck from the comfort of your own living room. Although, I do have one question: How often do they have to clean poop off the glass? (My guess: pretty often.)
sitting chicken and art
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