Thursday, June 18, 2009

a chicken coop from IKEA? YES!

While there's no specific product number for buying a coop from the IKEA catalog, with a little ingenuity, you can get just about everything you need from the Swedish Superstore.

The coop-construction details (finished product pictured to the right) are over on the IKEA Hacker blog, courtesy the experience of Aaron Bell and his wife Corinne's building their own.

The shopping list of IKEA parts is actually quite short (approx prices):
- Mydal bunk bed ($159)
- Trofast storage unit with shallow drawers ($95)
- Vika Oleby legs ($7.50 each)
- Gorm bottle rack ($8 each)

And the only non-IKEA parts they needed to supply were "the mesh, plywood/beams for the roof (which is 3x coated with reflective paint in an attempt to keep the heat out), and the hardware for the hinges and latches."

Now, that's what I call ingenuity! I wonder how long until the whole chicken coop kit can be purchased as one shrink-wrapped item replete with the adorable little illustrated instructions and hex key?

Thanks, Tamar, for the hat tip on this one!


Rosengeranium said...

Won't be long, I think. IKEA has put together a daughter company with ecological living as main goal. Don't ask me how and when this works - I think they also do internal ecological 'revisions' too, but their main purpose is to figure out stuff for ecological living. I dearly long for them to start selling the vermicompost MAX or perhaps the chicken coop AGDA.

(Or, if you really like umlauts in the IKEA names the chicken coop could be called HÖNAPÖNA - but I digress :) )

The Homely Animal said...

Great idea and so fun. That is one good looking coop!

Anonymous said...

Love it! :)

Unknown said...

Wheres the sunlight and soil or grass for the hens to scratch?

Tiffany said...

I'm an IKEA junkie anyway so coming across this post just added fuel to the fire. Very cool idea. We might just have to give this a go when we build out chicken coop.


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