Under the Crops that Yield program, and given their
feasibility and quick-return to the households, the chicken coop backyard kits
provide impoverished families not only with a source of food security, but also
a living income where they can sell the surplus egg production in exchange for
cash or produce to obtain a well-balanced nutrition.
the collaboration of Nusaned’s Roofs That Shield members, architect and product
designer Karma Dabaghi, and Nusaned volunteer Imad Nawam, a coop design
guideline was created based on principles of a circular economy, whereby the
coop is constructed predominantly from reused material but also can be
dismantled for reassembly. The sourcing of wood pallets for the coop enclosure
from suppliers who would normally throw them away was key, as well as the
corrugated sheets for the roof that were procured from junk yards. The
peripheral ring is made of hollow blocks, not concrete, so the material can be
reused. The design challenge was to address the scale of material use and
ecological impact. Our multi-tenant structure needed to provide a shelter from
the elements and predators, have good ventilation, suitable daylight and an
operational plan for cleaning and general upkeep. In addition, we wanted to
create a suitable environment for the hens to thrive and lay eggs.
also engaged the owners in the provision of recycled materials as well as the
construction of the coop through sweat equity. We provided them with basic
building materials as well as instructions to help them build it themselves
with the support of our trained volunteers.
a tiny chicken coop can only do so much to save the world, it can still bring
families one step closer towards food security and a sustainable method of