How to Keep Roosters in the Suburbs: Design Carefully (Video)


Image credit: Ecofilms Australia

From backyard chicken tractors to urban chickens as a gateway drug, there's no doubt that keeping hens in urban and suburban areas has seen a major revival in recent years. But urban roosters are a lot less commonplace, and for good reason. They are, after all, extremely noisy.

But one permaculture teacher in Sydney, Australia, has designed a heavily insulated chicken coop that is ideal for the suburbs, muffling the sounds of even the noisiest of roosters. Here's how.

Filmed as part of Geoff Lawton's Urban Permaculture DVD—the same production that includes fascinating insights into how nature makes soil—this clip is not just a useful instructional in how to design for suburban roosters. More importantly, I think, it's a reminder that true sustainability comes from careful design and a deep understanding of the needs of a system.

Just as Lloyd warns of eco-bling in architecture for humans (i.e. putting a solar panel on a poorly-designed home), there is a danger that we think of organic gardening, or permaculture, as simply putting together the right ingredients—be it compost, or chickens, or mycorrhizal fungi. But at its best, ecological design is about so much more.

More from Geoff Lawton on Permaculture
How Nature Makes Soil and You Can Too
40 Tons of Life in One Acre of Soil: Geoff Lawton on the Magic of Soil (Video)
From Arid, Salty Desert to a Productive Garden: Greening the Desert Revisited (Video)

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