Prefabricated Chicken Coop Generates its Own Power

by , 04/15/10

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If humans can have off-grid, prefabricated structures, who says livestock shouldn’t get the same eco-treatment. A recent competition held by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked for an upgrade to inefficient and polluting family-run chicken coops in Galilee and the winning design was this sleek, prefabricated, renewable energy powered chicken coop by Peleg/Burshtein Architects and landscape architect Nathan Gulman. Their winning design incorporates all the necessary functions of a chicken coop into one building, provides its own renewable energy and processes its own waste in a closed loop system.

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The chicken coop is a 200 foot long prefabricated layer farm that can also be adapted for free-range use, and is designed like a wind tunnel in order to provide constant ventilation, which is necessary for the hot climate and the hot chickens. Wind turbines, solar panels and vegetation are installed on the exterior of the structure and providing the coop with its own energy. Inside the coop, water tanks, silos, egg storage, and a waste-treatment system turn chicken manure into biofuel. The designers hid all the extras inside the coop in order to visually improve a farm’s landscape as well as integrate their functions.

Local farmers, who worry that the government is trying to impose an industrial model on their farms haven’t quite taken to the concept yet, but the Israeli Ministry is using the design to guide their future farms. Plus, Agrotop, a large industrial-chicken-farm manufacturer, is planning on introducing a version of this coop in the UK. Joseph Burshtein says about the design, “Instead of each one having a small, outdated, unsafe, and polluting henhouse in his own residence, it will be housed in a cleaner, safer environment. That means they will actually make more money using these henhouses instead of the old ones. That’s basically just economical efficiency and functional efficiency.”

+ Peleg/Burshtein Architects

Via Jetson Green and Metropolis Magazine

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  1. barryung November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    a rough budget?

  2. Press to Digitate April 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

    This is exactly what’s needed. Not one single Chicken, Cow, or Pig should ever be raised outdoors in the wild, when hermetically sealed barns like this are available, and able to harness their collective Methane output, both from physiological release and from the digestion of wastes. These can certainly be made more comfortable for the livestock than mucking about in an outdoors pen. If fed algal protein biomass, generated with Atmospheric Carbon Capture and resultant from the production of Algae Based Biofuels, the cycle is complete. Then, an unlimited number of livestock can be cultivated, hermetically, with an ever increasing supply of fertilizer resulting, as a byproduct from the production of food. It doesnt get any better than that for the environment.

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  4. sully007 June 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I think this idea is great, more farms should take the step and go Greener, and remember people this is an on going process and can only get better in the future.

  5. bitfiddler April 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    It seems to me that none of the above commenters actually read the article and just reacted to the slick image… unfortunate. It says in the article that this can be adapted (and by that the probably mean just open the doors) to include free range farming. Also, they say that it handles the eggs on site. Now for all the above commenters, does your home refrigerator run on hugs and good intentions? No it runs on electricity. You probably burn coal to run that but we don’t like to criticise our own systems when it’s easier to cut down someone elses. I don’t see why this system should necessarily be any more inhumane than a normal coop? Care to explain that? It’s people like the above that really give environmentalists a bad name as crazy tree hugging extremists. If your going to criticise someones designs, at least back it up with reasons, not mindless slogans.

  6. GT April 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I agree with the posts above, major step in the wrong direction.

    I guess their intentions were good at least?

  7. matthewbate April 16, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Designer animal abuse

  8. bradkik April 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Hilarious FAIL indeed. April 15th must be the Hebrew April Fools Day, right?

    Take an industrial model, add a wind turbine and photoshop some green vegetation and it’s sustainable! Inhabitat is jumping the shark on this one.

    My chicken coop generates all of it’s own electricity too, because it doesn’t USE ANY. Manure = compost, duh. This is very funny parody of the “green” engineering y’all keep pushing.

  9. Christianace April 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Are we condoning horribly raised chickens? Why don’t we free range chickens like what has been done for hundreds of years and NOT grow them fat fast with no light or fresh air or clean ground.


    This should be removed stat.

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