Mike Chino

Ton Matton's Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Backyard

by , 02/18/14

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Ton’s Chicken Cabinet turns a familiar furnishing into a system dedicated to free range egg production. The cupboard is built to EU-approved free range specs, and it provides enough space for three chickens to roost and lay eggs. The compartmentalized unit has drawers for soil, straw, corn feed, and egg storage, as well as tiny curtains for the hens, since they prefer to lay eggs in the dark. Chickens need space to roam, so the unit should be placed in a backyard to give them access to the outdoors.

The Chicken Cabinet is part of Ton Matton’s line of Free Range Furniture, which includes a water-filtering “Jungle Shower”, the Compost Toilet 2.0, and a plant-growing Orchard Chair. Ton is the founder of Werkstatt Wendorf, an abandoned school turned design laboratory that is focused on developing “productive urban living concepts.” His works seek to show how tenants of country living and self-sufficiency can be applied to contemporary designs focused on production.

Ton certainly practices what he preaches – Werkstatt Wendorf is a model of self-sufficiency. Located in the German countryside, the living laboratory is powered by a massive 25 KW solar array that produces five times more electricity than needed. An on-site wood gasification facility provides heating and hot water, and it’s fueled mostly by locally grown wood – Ton has planted 500 birch trees and is aiming for a four hectare plot. Water is collected from a nearby lake, which is planted with purifying reeds, and solar thermal panels warm up water for showering.

+ Matton Office

+ Werkstatt Wendorf

Via Bettery Magazine

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6 Comments

  1. morelle March 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I actually love this idea, but forgive my ignorance…how do the chickens get up there?

  2. Catherine Clark March 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    The chickens don’t have to stay inside! This could be modified to be a back wall or you can just let them out. Geez, don’t people think anymore??? This could work well for an urban farm with little space.

  3. Mike Chino Mike Chino February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for writing everyone – we’ve read your comments and we agree that this unit would need to be used in an open environment with space for the chickens to roam, so we’ve updated our post to clarify this.

  4. Laura Mistycah February 20, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Well, if this was a \\\”pet chicken\\\” that could roam the house with a diaper, this might work, otherwise, it would totally suck to be a chicken in in this cabinet…not much better than factory farm environment…(except maybe cleaner) Whoever made the EU approved specks was an idiot, not chicken would want to live their life locked up in this cell. This chicken cabinet has NOTHING to do with free range. I\\\’m not sure how that term even came into this article…there is no \\\”range\\\” and there is no \\\”freedom to roam.\\\” I think this idea could be adapted and useful, but not as is. Just say\\\’in…..

  5. Alicat79 February 19, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I don\’t understand why you think this will make you a free range chicken farmer. This will just make you a very small scale version of the industrial egg producers. No room for the hens to roam, no access to the outdoors. Just torturing chickens in your kitchen. What a sad thing

  6. Jérôme Chesnot February 18, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Cages are really too small :/

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