Gallery: The Nogg is a Modern Prefab Pad for Your Chicken


So we all know that eggs are incredible and edible, but trucking them thousands of miles to get to your local supermarket definitely doesn’t make them very sustainable. Enter the Nogg – a beautifully designed egg-shaped pad that lets you house a chicken in your very own backyard. Not only does this funtional and lovely wooden sculpture add an elegant curiosity to your garden, but it also means that you can have omelettes in the morning without worrying about how much fuel was used getting them to your house.

Spotted over at this year’s London Design Festival, Nogg is engineered and handcrafted in the UK from strong cedar wood, which is naturally antibacterial and odor curbing. Aside from being eggceptionally good-looking, the prefab hen house has stainless steel trimming and the elevated glass dome, giving it a modern aesthetic. The glass top also twists and lifts for ample ventilation to make sure that your feathered friend stays nice and cool.

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  1. liddy February 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hey Nogg, what does the “British Hen Welfare Trust” have to say about the use of cedar? Does cedar really mean redwood in British Lingo? Us Americans may not be hip to it.

  2. CalamityJane February 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “dududu says: September 28, 2010 at 5:53 am
    gosh, it’s preposterous to keep poultry as pets, as they carry diseases that can infect humans.
    i believe min. advisable distance is 100m, so maybe you can place The Nogg here approx. 2 blocks away from your house?
    please do thorough research for wellness of people first.”

    Please do a bit of research yourself, as clearly you haven’t any concept of what poultry can or can’t endanger humans with. You are perpetuating a myth that is ridiculous and just plain wrong.

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  4. Laurieks October 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I’d like one! Or a dozen! Much bigger, and made from Ash, or Teak! No cedar for my girls!
    Does it have a nesting box or perch inside? Can they build an aesthetic run to go with it, for folks who cannot free range their hens?
    My chickens are clean, my eggs are safe, and I pity the poor souls that think factory farmed food is safer than home raised.

  5. bigdogmom130 October 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I have backyard chickens and this is a joke. So are some of the posts on here. Dirty? Disease? Please, give me a break. My chickens are cleaner and live in a cleaner “house” then some people do. My chickens dustbathe and preen themselves to keep clean and my family and I all take part in feeding, watering, and cleaning their coop. The benefit to all this? Beautiful, eggs that I know did not come from a factory farm.
    This coop couldn’t house 2 hens comfortably – much less provide a space for food or water in the winter.

  6. nogg October 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    There is a large hatch at the back of the nogg allowing ample access for cleaning and collection of eggs, internally it has fitted rubber mats which are easily removable for cleaning, the ventilation is provided by the automatically opening top (300cm2 opening) and 2 to 3mm gap around all access panels. This is our prototype which we are gearing up for small scale production. However we are in contact with the British Hen Welfare Trust to ensure the priority is with the welfare of the hens over that of the aesthetic. This is only an alternative design for people requiring a chicken coop for a maximum of 4 chickens, ideally 2 to 3. Not for factory farming… this is also only a coop for roosting and keeping your hens secure at night, NOT to keep them in permanently…

  7. gang green October 1, 2010 at 5:01 am

    How many of you germaphobes have been to a commercial laying chicken farm? I have. One step (or breath) in an egg production facility would change your mind about raising chickens at home vs. consumption of commercially produced eggs.

  8. chapa-de-frente September 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    i like the look, seems useless, but hey someones gonna be dumb enough to buy it. i like the little venthahahahahahah

  9. vampireweasel September 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I like the twisting ventilation top but can’t comment on the healthiness/suitability for housing chickens.

    but does anyone else think that the designers just thought “which came first the chicken or the egg?” and decided to put the chickens back into a big egg, like a strange farmyard Russian doll. perhaps this egg-in-chicken-in-egg idea was the quirky driving force behind the design rather than making it perfect for chickens to live in?

    it does look a bit small…

  10. BB September 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Cedar and pine are both toxic to chickens. You would have a sick chick with that cedar wreaking havoc on the animal’s respiratory tract. Otherwise, the NOGG does look pretty…if only it were bigger. You’d have one lonely hen in that tiny coop!

  11. ChickyGuardian18 September 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    This coop is poorly designed…it doesn’t allow for birds to have a safe outdoor area to roam, it isn’t big enough for multiple birds and chickens are VERY social creatures you need to have at least two for optimum health, yes chickens can carry diseases but if you wash your hands and keep the area where you house your chickens realitively clean they actually make healthier pets than dogs and cats, also ceder while being “naturally antibiotic” and minimizing unpleasent smells is HIGHLY toxic to animals and can KILL your chickens.

    So yes its cute, and yes chickens make good pets and homegrown fresh eggs are healthier than store bought (they also taste better) this “NOGG” is over all NOT something you are going to want to own, please I beg of you…do your research thoroughly before you get ANY pet or pet house.

  12. Cindi September 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Make it bigger(LOTS bigger), improve ventilation, attach a run, use something besides cedar which is dangerous to CHICKENS, and drop it off at my place to let my chickens do the judging of whether or not it’s worthy 😀 It does not appear very practical, or healthy for the bird. Cedar can make them ill due to their delicate lungs. Basically, it’s cutesy, but won’t work. I wouldn’t buy it. I wouldn’t TAKE it for free as it is. I know better 😉

  13. josie1964 September 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    omg chickens are dangerous does that mean the farmers wife shouldnt go out with kitchen scraps or the kids collect the eggs GET real chickens have been kept in back yards ever since humans discovered scrambled egg. keep them healthy, warm clean and you will have a much healthier supply of eggs and a very interesting hobby too.

  14. hippos September 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    i think the nogg is truly a beautiful piece of art. puts my coop to shame. it is very sad to see misinformation about keeping chickens though…

  15. myrtlelane September 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Ridulous design, must have been design by City People who don\’t know anything about poultry. Only good feature is the Glass Dome for light. Otherwise just to small. As far as Chickens being disease carriers, what about Housedogs and cats. Now that\’s a dirty animal. You don\’t see a Chicken licking it\’s behind and then lick you face.

  16. kla37 September 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Oh PLEASE with the ridiculous “chickens make you sick” talk. You are MUCH more likely to get sick eating store bought eggs, and if you could see the way the chickens for meat are kept you would puke. This model doesn’t look very good for several reasons. It doesn’t appear predator proof at all. It doesn’t look big enough for more than one chicken, and they are social creature, you should never have less than 3. And no attached predator proof run, so your chicken will be a nice meal for a hawk.

  17. shinyhappymom September 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    \”gosh, it’s preposterous to keep poultry as pets, as they carry diseases that can infect humans.
    i believe min. advisable distance is 100m, so maybe you can place The Nogg here approx. 2 blocks away from your house?
    please do thorough research for wellness of people first.\”

    The person who posted this really does not know what they are talking about. Seriously…..

    Cute coop though. But more artistic than practical. I have 5 very clean hens that provide me with fresh eggs for my family. Its all about cleanliness if you keep a clean coop and watch your hens closely there is no risk.

  18. GabrielFarms September 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Poor design. Will be hard to clean and doesn’t look big enough to house two chickens, let alone a perch and nesting boxes.

  19. joshica September 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    So maybe the Nogg shouldn\’t be in your garden but nearby is OK. Chickens are good in the garden in the off season as they eat weeds and bugs & provide compost, but you want to allow 120 days for chicken poop to decompose & bacteria levels to return to normal to plant veggies. Good hygiene is always a good idea when handling chickens.

  20. andrew van ees September 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Please do your research, dirty pets keep diseases. A lot of communities in both the U.S.A and Canada are allowing backyard Coops. The internet is full of sites about backyard chicken raising and there is even a book called raising chickens for dumbies.

  21. dududu September 28, 2010 at 5:53 am

    gosh, it’s preposterous to keep poultry as pets, as they carry diseases that can infect humans.
    i believe min. advisable distance is 100m, so maybe you can place The Nogg here approx. 2 blocks away from your house?
    please do thorough research for wellness of people first.

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