Saturday, July 19, 2008

Leggo My Eglu

Given my current intermission from Farcical Farm I will be forced to plumb the depths of my imagination for material over the coming week -- I apologize in advance.

The chicken coops shown above are called Eglus and they are produced by the British company Omlet. Forget corporate philosophies on blah blah environment and blah blah sustainability -- all I need to know is that they make pink plastic chicken coops*. Eglus were first brought to my attention by Roger -- a longtime friend and roommate who kept three layers in our (tiny!) Vancouver back yard for years without a single complaint from neighbors**. Last year I made several inquiries to the US and UK distributors about getting an Eglu Cube for Deroche, but the shipping made it prohibitively expensive. This obsession had been forgotten until I read that the Homespun Heretic wants to raise rabbits, and now I can blame her for rekindling the covet. While I love being Canadian, our tiny market often has to pay a premium for awesome products like this.


*Some of you (six or seven) FFF readers may not know that I am an engineer -- partially by education, but mostly by hard wiring. My undergraduate research thesis was entitled "Design and Preference Testing of an Enhanced Caging Environment for Laboratory Rats" so this is nerd porn for me.

**We lived on the wrong side of the tracks, and we figure the neighbors were preoccupied by the rampant drug activity on our block.

3 comments:

homespunheretic said...

You make me laugh a lot. That was really your thesis? That's awesome. Sustainability is well and good, but I have to admit you do have a point there about the pink eglu. I think they look like those all-in-one Macs. Because, seriously, how cool would it be to have your chickens living in a computer? iChickens unite!

dp said...

Yes, it really was. I can send you a copy if you'd like. And you're right -- they *do* look like the original iMacs.

Brandy said...

Hmm, have you considered a "chicken tractor"? You can make your own, see the Countryside Magazine website. It's an awesome magazine! I live in the suburbs of Los Angeles, so my menagerie is now down to 3 female 'keets and a snow corn snake. But I dream of chickens, and goats, and horses... sigh...