This solar-powered chicken coop spreads its wings each morning
Looking for the perfect chicken coop design? You can find both inspiration and envy in this one.
Words: Nadene Hall
This coop automatically spreads its wings every morning to protect the small flock that lives in it at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, about 80km south of Los Angeles.
The automated, solar-power coop was specially designed for the Ecology Center. It’s clad in aluminimum sheets to keep the structure light – it can be moved by hand or towed by ATV– and reflect the sun, so it’s cool inside on hot days.
In summer, the average daily temperature is 24-26°C, so the ‘wings’ provide extra shade. When up, they also allow air to circulate through the coop. Inside, it has easy-to-remove perches and nest boxes, so it’s simple to clean.
A solar-powered battery opens and closes the wings (which are on hydraulic lift hinges) and the automatic door. A sensor opens the coop up at daybreak and closes it again at sunset.