Three years ago, when I talked my friend Barry Rice into putting a beehive on the roof of his Brooklyn brownstone (once illegal in NYC, It has since been legalized, thanks to Just Food!), it was only because I had given up on finding a way to keep chickens in Brooklyn. I had been tempted by this New York Times article about keeping chickens inside. Even city folk get desperate for some country living. So when my beekeeping partner sent me a link to this chic hen house, I got my hopes up that there might be fresh eggs in my future yet.
The Nogg is a modern chicken coop designed in the shape of an egg. It looks tiny, but it’s large enough to house two to four hens. The Nogg was created by furniture designer and engineer Matthew Hayward when he realized that his design-savvy friends couldn’t find a chicken coop to satisfy their homesteading needs. Each coop is crafted out of cedar wood because of its fresh scent and naturally antibacterial properties. Designed and made in the UK, the Nogg is available for shipping to the States, just email for pricing if you’re ready to start caring for your own flock. — Amy A.